New OSHA & State Emergency COVID Rules

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, causing outbreaks in a variety of industry sectors resulting in worker deaths and serious illness. Federal OSHA has issued policy and has tools such as the General Duty Clause and Respiratory Protection Rules, but resisted requests from worker groups and Congress to promulgate an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) addressing COVID & infectious disease control. Now, state agencies that run their own OSHA programs are “filling the gap” by issuing binding rules to mitigate COVID hazards in the workplace. This has implications for multi-state employers, including potential use of state programs to support federal OSHA citations or to show a lack of care for tort litigation.


Join us on September 30 for a free webinar with Adele Abrams. as she provides the latest on federal OSHA/CDC COVID guidance but will focus on three state OSHA rules: Cal/OSHA’s Aerosol Transmissible Disease standard, and the two new COVID-specific standards in Virginia and Oregon. The speaker will detail the requirements of each and address the associated legal issues for multi-state employers, multi-employer worksites, interface with staffing agencies, and the heightened whistleblower protections and reporting obligations under the rules. The program will also consider which state OSHA rules could become a template for other state agencies to follow, in the absence of a unified federal OSHA standard.


You’ll learn:

  • The latest OSHA policies on COVID-19 illness recording, reporting, and enforcement – and how a new federal rule limiting policy development may tie OSHA’s hands in the future.
  • How Virginia and Oregon are addressing workplace protections through COVID emergency standards, the requirements of each, and prospects for permanency
  • Where the Cal/OSHA ATD rule applies and how the scope can be expanded
  • How to analyze legal issues related to multi-state operations, including imputation of knowledge and feasibility from state programs to support federal General Duty Clause enforcement.
  • Best practices related to multi-employer worksites, such as construction projects, and coordination with staffing agencies to ensure protection of temporary workers, day laborers and other third parties in the workplace and limit tort liability.
  • Reporting and recording requirements, exposure control plans and documented training mandates related to COVID cases under federal OSHA, and the various state COVID rules.

Can’t attend live? That’s OK! Register now, and watch on-demand later. 

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This webinar may qualify for 0.15 Recertification Points for CSPs, CHSTs, OHSTs, 1 CMP credit for CHMMs, and eligible for CM credits for CIHs who attend. Professional Development Hours (PDHs) or Continuing Education Credits/Units (CECs/CEUs) may also be available for EHS managers participating in this webinar (please note that webinar participants are responsible for exploring their accrediting agency requirements to have their educational credits approved for credit).

Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP
Firm President
Law Firm of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Adele Abrams is the president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC, a multi-attorney firm with offices in the DC area, Denver and WV. She represents employers nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation. Adele also provides safety training, consultation and auditing services. She is the 2017 recipient of the National Safety Council’s DSSA award, and is an active member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, where she has received the SPY award multiple times. Adele is also on the faculty of the University of Colorado, and Catholic University, where she instructs on employment, labor and occupational safety law.