Tuesday, March 7, 2017
8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
325 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
2017 Annual OSHA and Workplace Safety Conference—2016 was an exceptionally busy time for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as it finalized significant rulemakings and guidance documents. Many key changes occurred from cost of fines to when you must report to new areas of emphasis and mandated requirements.
Covering all of the most important updates and changes to OSHA regulations, OSHA compliance specialists and nationally known safety consultants will explain the many significant updated requirements, present real life examples and provide best practices to help keep your employees safe and your company in compliance:
- The Heroin and Opioid Epidemic and How This Impacts Companies—how and why this has become an epidemic in our nation and in Pennsylvania, and the ramifications for employers: increases in healthcare costs and wellness programs; addicted employees that could cause more accidents, not be as productive, have impaired decision-making, increased theft and other problems.
- Increased Penalty Structure—effective Aug. 1, 2016, OSHA's maximum penalties, which were last adjusted in 1990, increased by 78 percent. The agency will continue to adjust its penalties for inflation each year based on the Consumer Price Index.
- Electronic Tracking System for Injuries and Illnesses—under a final rule that became effective Jan. 1, 2017, OSHA is revising its requirements for recording and submitting records of workplace injuries and illnesses to require that some of this recorded information be submitted electronically for posting to the OSHA website.
- Update on Injury Reporting, Drug Testing and Other Trends—OSHA's recordkeeping rule, revised in 2015, now exempts certain industries from the requirement to routinely keep OSHA injury and illness records, but also expands the list of severe work-related injuries that all covered employers must report: all work-related fatalities within 8 hours of finding out about them; all work-related inpatient hospitalizations of one or more employees, all work-related amputations and all work-related losses of an eye must be reported within 24 hours of learning about them. OSHA is also taking a close look at incentive based safety programs and companies' drug policies.
- Arc Flash Compliance Changes—OSHA has asked to cover some recent updates to Arc Flash compliance and protecting workers from the threat of electrical hazards.
- Machine Guarding: Preventing Amputations and Other Injuries—OSHA has expanded policies and procedures for a National Emphasis Program to identify and reduce workplace machine and equipment hazards which are causing or likely to cause amputations. This expanded program is targeting workplaces with machinery and equipment capable of causing amputations, while maximizing inspection resources.
- New Walking and Working Surface Rules—effective Jan. 17, 2017, OSHA's new final rule updates and revises the general industry standards for all workplaces' walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment (Fall Protection Systems) on slip, trip, and fall hazards, which are a leading cause of worker deaths and lost-workday injuries.
Contact the Event Hotline for further information regarding this event: 877 866-8965