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Description of the Topic:
On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) that signaled a new enforcement agenda, targeting establishments in industries that have an increased potential for employee exposure to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) disease, including healthcare institutions. NEPs are temporary programs that focus OSHA’s resources on particular hazard.
Employers should particularly take heed of the increased funding to OSHA for enforcement actions, which could indicate a potential increase in the number of audits and inspections, as well as additional scrutiny of whistleblower claims. The ARP also extends voluntary COVID-related paid leave benefits, so eligible employers need to consider whether they will continue to offer these benefits on a voluntary basis.
Finally, employers should note that the ARP extends unemployment benefits, provides for COBRA subsidies, and delivers a new round of direct payments to Americans. Absent from the final law are a hike in the minimum wage, a paid leave mandate and the elimination of the tip credit, which were part of the original bill.
Why one should attend the training:
The National Emphasis Program (NEP) provides a formalized structure for OSHA to implement inspections, including unprogrammed, programmed, and follow-up inspections, in workplaces where employees have a high frequency of potential COVID-19 exposures. Since the start of the pandemic, OSHA has handled most enforcement work remotely, without in-person inspections. Under the NEP, more inspections will involve on-site visits.
All employers, particularly those in what OSHA considers to be high-risk industries, should be prepared for the heightened OSHA enforcement activity related to COVID-19 exposures to avoid fines, penalties and criminal sanctions.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted an Updated Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease (ERP). Now, as states begin reopening their economies, the revised ERP will “ensure employers are taking action to protect their employees.”
Areas will be covered during the Session:
· What was the previous goal of OSHA regarding COVID-19 enforcement in the workplace
· How does the new OSHA focus impact Employers when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine programs
· What is the NEP and how does that impact how Employers mitigate COVID-19 safety in the workplace
· What industries are impacted by the New Enforcement Guidance
· How does the Whistleblower Protection impacted by the new guidance
· Learn how Employers should ensure safety in the workplace based on the new guidance
· What are the enforcement penalties that need to be addressed
· What other workplace inspections need to be addressed
· Is there a different recording process in the new guidance
ü All Employer
ü Business Owners
ü Compliance professionals
ü Payroll Administrators
ü HR Professionals
ü Employers in all industries
ü Small Business Owners
ü Large Business Owners
ü Company Leadership
Dr. Michael C. Redmond, PhD, is a certified project manager, PMP, has two master certifications in business continuity/disaster recovery MBCP and FBCI and is certified in emergency management. She is active in cyber security and holds multiple ISO certifications (ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management, ISO/IEC 27032 Lead Cyber Security Manger, ISO/IEC 27035 Security Incident Response, ISO/IEC 22301 Business Continuity Management Systems, ISO/IEC 21500 Project Management, and ISO/IEC 41001 Environmental Management). She is an international consultant, speaker and published author.
Michael's MBA in Risk Management included courses in Information Security and Risk Management for Medical Devices and Healthcare. Michael is certified as a Senior Lead Manager in Information Security for Healthcare ISO 27999.As a practitioner, she has been implementing ISO 27999 and ISO 14971 for over 10 years for clients.
Her past experience includes 13 years as a senior manager with Deloitte, KPMG and Chubb in the areas of: compliance, crisis management, business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management, internal audit/ gap analysis. She was a business continuity/disaster recovery manager with the Bank of New York. She consults for clients in diverse industries such as banking, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, hospitals, government agencies, colleges and universities, law firms, and media.
Dr. Redmond spent 4 years on active duty with the army and 18 1/2 years as National Guard and Reserve before retiring as a major. She is a graduate of Command & General Staff College (Fort Leavenworth), attended civil affairs courses at the US Army JFK School of Special Warfare and is Hazmat trained and DOD certified. The White House honored Dr. Redmond at a luncheon as one of the Top Women in Her Field of Business Continuity.