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OSHA 101


Understand the basics of OSHA powers and enforcement initiatives.

When it comes to occupational health and safety, 2024 is shaping up to be a significant year in terms of OSHA enforcement, rulemaking, and new initiatives. As the United States heads into a presidential and congressional election, regulatory activity and enforcement have become a flashpoint politically, potentially threatening the survival of major OSHA activities on the current regulatory agenda.

This session provides a primer on the basics of OSHA powers and enforcement initiatives. It will outline the priorities for the Biden Administration, the forecast for new rules, and the prospects for use of the Congressional Review Act. Pending legislation to abolish the agencies OSHA and NIOSH and rescind the 1970 OSH Act will be discussed, as well as democratic measures to expand OSHA's authority into the public sector workplace to enhance whistleblower protections and strengthen criminal penalties. The regulatory activities of the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), impacting contractors at mine sites, including a broad new standard on surface mobile equipment safety, will also be addressed.

This program will capture OHS developments including:
- The December 2023 regulatory agenda, and status of rulemaking activities including workplace violence prevention, heat illness prevention, changes to lockout/tagout, powered industrial trucks, and mechanical power press rules, tree care standards, and progress on infectious disease prevention regulation.
- Updates to OSHA's whistleblower protection policies
- Enforcement initiatives including SVEP and the IBI (new egregious) citation policy
- New National Emphasis Programs covering warehousing, fall prevention, and heat illness prevention
- The most cited OSHA standards in FY 2023
- ... and more!



Adele L. Abrams, Esq., ASP, CMSP

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., ASP, CMSP

Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

  • President, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC
  • Attorney and certified safety professional, represents employers nationwide in OSHA, MSHA, and DOT matters
  • Professor of employment law at University of Colorado
  • Frequent national speaker on workplace safety and health issues and substance abuse management, Avetta Fellow, NSC DSSA Recipient
  • Co-author of ASSP textbooks, including Safety Professionals’ Handbook
  • Active member of ASSP and National Safety Council, American Bar Association
  • Admitted to multiple federal and state bars, including the U.S. Supreme Court
  • J.D. degree, George Washington University National Law Center; B.S. degree, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 301-613-7498

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