New 2021 OSHA COVID-19 Rules: Prepare for Surprise Inspections

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021 1:00PM ET Length: 90 Minutes Expert: Matthew Deffebach, JD

Last month, the government announced the targeting of medical practices for immediate OSHA safety violation inspections on COVID-19 protections.

The mandate spells out expectations for auditors related to both scheduled and surprise coronavirus OSHA safety violation inspections (whether or not you’ve had any issues with the virus). The Agency has also allocated more auditors to handle the expected increase in investigations – which means your chances of being audited and hit with a COVID-19 safety violation just shot through the roof.

IMPORTANT: Once OSHA auditors start poking around your practice, taking samples and interviewing your staff, COVID-19 safety violations can quickly multiply, and you can end up paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties.

To avoid huge fines for COVID-19 OSHA safety violations, and the public embarrassment of your practice’s name, location and penalty amounts on the Agency’s website, you must be completely prepared should an auditor walk in your door.

This is where healthcare attorney and OSHA expert, Matthew Deffebach, JD, can help. On Tuesday, May 25th at 1pm ET, Matt is presenting a 90-minute online training to walk you through exactly what to expect during an OSHA safety violation inspection. This expert-led training will take you through every aspect of the inspection process to help you head off COVID-19 safety violations and the costly citation penalties that can result.

Here are just some of the expert COVID-19 OSHA safety violation avoidance strategies you’ll be able to implement by attending this upcoming, live 90-minute training:

  • Prepare yourself and your staff for inspector interviews
  • Quickly “pass” inspection by concentrating on auditor focus areas
  • Pinpoint and resolve weaknesses in your documentation before auditors show up
  • Implement a revised COVID-19 readiness plan based on OSHA’s Interim Enforcement Response Plan
  • Pin down inspector focus areas to be better prepared for a surprise visit
  • Accurately respond to initial inquiries through the Rapid Response Investigation (RRI) process
  • Successfully respond to OSHA virtual inspections to reduce penalty amounts
  • Be aware of your rights and those of your staff during inspection
  • Uncover OSHA enforcements based on new COVID-19 safety requirements
  • Effectively settle citations during the “initial contest period” to improve your overall outcome
  • And so much more…

Your best defense against an OSHA COVID-19 safety inspection is preparation. It’s imperative that you know what to expect during the opening auditor conference, how interviews will be held, what samples will most likely be targeted and how to improve the outcome should you get cited for a violation.

Once you get audited it’s too late. With the expert advice you’ll receive during this upcoming online training, you’ll have a better handle on what to expect during an OSHA COVID-19 safety inspection. This training will help you take control of the audit process to lessen the impact on your practice and walk you through exactly how to improve the outcome.

Don’t wait. Sign up for this must-attend training today.

Meet Your Expert

Matthew Deffebach
JDPartner at Haynes and Boone

Matthew Deffebach, JD is a partner at Haynes and Boone and is the chair of the firm’s OSHA and Workplace Disasters Practice Group. He assists healthcare clients to implement preventative measures to minimize OSHA claims and reduce their exposure to litigation. Matt is board certified in labor and employment law.

As an OSHA litigator, Matt has appeared in more than 30 states handling OSHA matters. He is familiar with both state and Federal OSHA program requirements. He has also successfully defended clients in OSHA administrative trials, including recent trials on PPE, Recordkeeping, and other regulatory matters.

In 2010, Law360 by Portfolio Media, Inc. named him a “Rising Star” and one of ten employment lawyers under 40 to watch. Thereafter, he received the 2013 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice award as the sole recipient in the Employment and Labor category in Texas. He has been recognized by Benchmark Litigation (Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC) as a “Labor & Employment Star – South (2019-2021) and a Labor & Employment Star – West (2019).