Joshua Schultz, Esq., MSP
Attorney, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams, P.C.
Joshua Schultz, Esq., MSP, is an attorney, trained mediator, safety professional, and trainer who is the Managing Attorney of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.’s Denver office.
Schultz is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Maryland, College Park School of Journalism. Before joining the Law Office of Adele Abrams in September 2008, he clerked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.
Cal/OSHA 101: Understanding and Complying with the Nation’s Strictest Workplace Safety Laws
October 13, 2021, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (refreshment break from 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.)
When considering the effectiveness of workplace safety regulations, some debate whether strong standards alone are sufficient to protect workers, or whether strong standards are of little value without equally strong enforcement. These questions often come up when comparing the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Cal/OSHA, and, at least in the area of standard-setting, Cal/OSHA is significantly stricter than its federal counterpart.
When comparing federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA, it is important to emphasize that states generally have fewer obstacles to overcome in issuing regulations of any type than a federal agency, which must account for greater state-by-state diversity, demands from many more stakeholders, and pressure from more political leaders.
With that being said, Cal/OSHA has been aggressive in issuing standards that either are more stringent than federal OSHA’s baseline standards or have no federal counterpart at all. As a safety professional, you must stay on top of the changing landscape surrounding Cal/OSHA, and that means knowing the ins and outs of the law and how to comply with the nation’s strictest workplace safety law.
This informative session will cover the key differences between Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA and gives a broad overview of the basic steps to building a Cal/OSHA-compliant safety program.
We’ll also cover:
• The unique Cal/OSHA enforcement priorities and processes;
• How to handle frequent agency inspections;
• The Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) and other written plan requirements;
• Compliance with new standards, such as indoor heat hazards and heat stress; and
• Training techniques to remain in compliance.
Session 1 - Important Cal/OSHA Updates for 2022: Enforcement Trends, Regulatory Developments, and How to Close Your Compliance Gaps
October 14, 2021, 8:35 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
COVID-19 dominated the headlines throughout 2020 and continues to be top of mind as employers work to ensure workplace health and safety. As a result of the pandemic, Cal/OSHA and other agencies implemented various laws and regulations to help employers navigate the crisis. While we hope the pandemic is officially vanquished in 2022, we can’t help but wonder what the year ahead will look like.
What were the top safety compliance priorities in 2021 for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the Appeals Board, and the Standards Board here in California? What new regulations can we expect, and how will they impact your business?
You’ll get answers to these questions and more when Cal/OSHA 2021 kicks off, with critical updates on new court rulings, policy initiatives, regulatory enforcement, and training requirements under federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA. Will your California facility be able to stay in compliance with upcoming regulations?
After attending this session, you will be able to:
• Uncover all the laws and regulations impacting safety professionals in 2021.
• Identify possible impacts on Cal/OSHA as a result of the new Biden administration.
• Take steps to minimize Cal/OSHA citation risks given Cal/OSHA’s enforcement priorities.
• Apply lessons learned from 2021 Cal/OSHA enforcement data and trends, especially COVID-19-related.
• Recognize the impact of rulemaking, policy, and deregulatory developments for the coming year.