OSHA has performed more inspections so far this year than it did in all of 2021 — and the agency is just getting started.
If your practice isn’t prepared for a surprise OSHA inspection, you could be inviting fines and penalties of more than $14,000 for each violation (and that’s just for unintentional offenses). Willfully ignoring the rules can open you up to even higher fines of more than $145,000 each.
The answer to surviving the increasing number of OSHA inspections this year is preparation. The problem is, it just isn’t that easy to figure out exactly which OSHA employee safety measures your practice is required to comply with and which ones are optional.
That’s where employment attorney and OSHA litigator, Matthew Deffebach, JD, comes in. During his 60-minute online training on Matthew will walk you through the latest OSHA employee protection requirements to ensure you can comply with confidence. By attending, you’ll receive specifics on how to adhere to practice-required OSHA rules and decrease your chances of being hit with OSHA litigation and hefty fines.
Here are just a few of the important questions you’ll get answered that will help you be prepared for an OSHA inspection:
- What happens if your state law is different from OSHA’s mandates?
- How can you identify and avoid potential employee OSHA complaints?
- Who is required to pay for COVID testing supplies – your practice or your employees?
- Does OSHA have sanitation rules you must comply with?
- What’s classified as a “risky chemical,” and what must you do if an employee is exposed to one?
- Are you expected to adhere to OSHA rules if you have fewer than 100 employees?
- Is it necessary to provide employees with personal protective equipment on the job?
- Are there still testing documentation requirements for unvaccinated staff?
- Do OSHA rules require you to have more than one exit? If so, how many?
- And so much more…
Bottom line: OSHA’s employee protections requirements are not optional, and the agency is continuing its increased number of inspections of healthcare providers – even though they’ve slowed their COVID-specific reviews.
Failure to comply with practice-required OSHA regulations can open you up to serious fines and penalties, and possibly even lawsuits from your employees. However, you can reduce your risk of financial and legal ramifications if you know which of OSHA’s rules are required for your practice and how you can prepare for a surprise OSHA inspection.
There’s too much at stake for you to face navigating OSHA employee protection guidelines and mandates alone. Sign up for this must-attend, expert-led online training today. Don’t wait – Register now.
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).