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2015 Cal/OSHA Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for California Safety Professionals

2015 Cal/OSHA Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for California Safety Professionals

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2015 Cal/OSHA Master Class:
The Advanced Interactive Workshop for California Safety Professionals

Coming to Anaheim: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Solution-Focused One-Day Seminar: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30p.m. 

Compliance with safety regulations, both California and federal, is probably at the forefront of your concerns these days — and with good reason. Even innocent mistakes can result in devastating workplace accidents and costly payouts. You want to maintain a safe and healthy work environment, but it’s tough to meet all your requirements, especially with California's increased enforcement efforts.

But now there's help!

From BLR, the publisher of Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor and, comes the one-day, cost-effective, and engaging solution to updating all your policies and practices: 2015 Cal/OSHA Master Class: The Advanced Interactive Workshop for California Safety Professionals.

Master Class expert faculty will cover:

  • Cal/OSHA overview: DOSH, the Appeals Board, the Standards Board, and consultation services--and how they interact
  • The Interplay Between Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA
  • Employer duties under Cal/OSHA
  • Managing worker safety at multiemployer worksites
  • Best practices for avoiding Cal/OSHA violations
  • How to document your safety program and protect your organization
  • The Cal/OSHA inspection process and how best to respond
  • Proven tactics for citation abatement
  • How to manage the interplay between Cal/OSHA and other employment laws
  • How to conduct you own accident investigation in compliance with Cal/OSHA

Attend this fast-paced one-day event and gain skills and clarity to determine safety policy, avoid costly citations, and update your safety and health programs. You’ll emerge well-armed to protect your organization against both accidents and the increasingly eager reach of Cal/OSHA enforcement -- all within the letter and spirit of California’s highly specific safety laws and regulations.


Conference Details

The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. There will be morning and afternoon breaks and registrants will be on their own for lunch.

Master safety administration in just one day by participating in this all-new program created just for California employers and HR management.


8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.   

Overview of the Cal/OSHA program: DOSH, the Appeals Board and the Standards Board, Consultation Services, and the Relationship Between Them
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Learn the structure of California’s safety enforcement agencies, and how they interact with one another, to help target your compliance efforts.

The Interplay Between Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA
9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

California runs its own federally approved OSHA program, one that differs in many important ways from federal OSHA, both in its administrative and regulatory structure and in its regulatory coverage. Misunderstanding these differences can put you at risk for costly government citations – even if you have the best intentions. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Specific differences between your compliance obligations under Cal/OSHA and its federal counterpart
  • How to address overlapping regulations, such as the hazard communication standard
  • Cal/OSHA’s enforcement counterpart to the OSHA General Duty Clause


Networking Break
9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Employer Duties Under Cal/OSHA
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Cal/OSHA’s requirements for employers are detailed and highly specific. Don’t get lulled into thinking that complying with the federal rules is sufficient – it’s not. In this session, we’ll use real-world examples to explain how to meet your Cal/OSHA duties, such as: 

  • Managing safety for contingent or temporary workers: California has changed its approach, so you’ll learn how to make sure your policies are current with dual-employment situations
  • Basic compliance duties under safety orders (identify hazards, train employees, and initiate hazard controls)
  • Hierarchy of hazard controls
  • HR-related duties

The Most Common Causes of Cal/OSHA Violations — and Best Practices for Preventing Them
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Are you at risk for an expensive Cal/OSHA penalty right now – without even knowing it? Learn how to spot and fix common policy and practice pitfalls before Cal/OSHA points them out, and get your employees on board with your safety efforts:

  • Potential losses from Cal/OSHA violations
  • The most common factors that cause Cal/OSHA violations
  • Solutions to eliminate common factors of violations
  • Examples of top Cal/OSHA violations, such as Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), heat illness, and injury and illness reporting

Lunch (on your own)
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

Recordkeeping Rules for the Successful California Safety Pro
1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

In this critical session, you’ll learn how to get your recordkeeping and paperwork in order now, so that you’re prepared for internal requests and when Cal/OSHA visits. 

  • Completing the Cal/OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting requirements
  • How long to keep incident reports, and what they must include
  • Who’s allowed access to your safety records under state and federal law

The Cal/OSHA Inspection Process and How Best to Respond
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

It’s no secret that Cal/OSHA inspections have been ramping up, and now is the time to get ready. With a clear understanding of the inspection process, and what you are and aren’t required to do, you’ll be in a better position to represent your organization’s interests and take advantage of your rights. In this session, you’ll learn: 

  • Practical tips for the start of inspections
  • What to expect in the “opening conference”
  • How best to participate in the “walk through”
  • DOSH’s authority to investigate
  • What to expect from the  “closing conference”
  • What you must do to respond to the issuance of citations
  • Citation classifications and penalties
  • Cal/OSHA-related liabilities under the Be A Manager Go To Jail Act, “unfair business practices” provisions, and the Bounty Hunter Law

Best Practices for Citation Abatement
2:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Scenario: you’ve been issued a citation from Cal/OSHA. Learn the best way to get yourself back on track without wasting unnecessary time, effort, or money. 

The “Informal Conference”

If you’ve been issued a citation or notice, you can participate in an informal conference with Division personnel to discuss any evidence relating to the alleged violation and/or the proposed penalty. Learn how to turn this meeting in your favor and reduce your potential liabilities. 

Should You Appeal?

  • Common, and not so common, defenses
  • Important considerations in deciding whether to appeal
  • Don’t miss the deadlines

Breaking It Down: The Central Phases of the Appeals Process

  • Discovery
  • Prehearing conference
  • Appeals from the decision


Networking Break
3:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

The Interplay Between Cal/OSHA and Other Employment Laws
3:15 p.m.-3:45 p.m.

When an employee is injured, it’s not just Cal/OSHA you need to worry about. State and federal family leave and anti-disability-bias laws can also come into play, and often workers’ comp. In this session, you’ll learn how to make sure you cover all your bases, including: 

  • How to avoid ADA/FEHA charges for “perceived as” discrimination against the disabled
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Wage and Hour Law

Best Practices for Conducting Your Own Accident Investigation
3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

You’ve had an accident, a near-miss, or even – tragically – a fatality at your workplace. Learn how to conduct an effective investigation that gets to the root cause of the problem and prevents recurrences:

  • Your essential first step after learning of a workplace incident
  • Why and how to conduct self -audits
  • Who to involve in your investigation, and at what point
  • Documentation and records retention essentials
  • How to incorporate your findings into changing your SOP

Hot Developments: New Safety Orders and Breaking Developments
4:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Hazard Communication, safety data sheets, and chemical labels
  • Updated injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting rule
  • And much more! 

Your Workshop Leaders with Nixon Peabody LLP

Jeffrey TanenbaumJeffrey Tanenbaum, Esq.
Member, Labor & Employment Practice/Chair OSHA Practice
Nixon Peabody 

Jeff Tanenbaum is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment practice and chairs the firm’s Occupational Safety & Health (OSHA) practice. He represents employers in a very wide range of employment and labor law matters, with a particular emphasis on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation. His practice also has a special focus on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation, including but not limited to Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA matters. This involves developing state of the art safety procedures, training, safety and health audits, appeals of citations, obtaining variances and representing employers in the rulemaking process. He has litigated well over 1,000 OSHA citations.


Rachel FischettiRachel Fischetti
Nixon Peabody 

Rachel Fischetti, an associate in Nixon Peabody’s Labor & Employment group, represents clients in both federal and state court litigation and before administrative agencies as well as providing labor and employment law advice and training to clients. She also assists clients in a range of intellectual property matters and brings her years of experience as National Finance Director for Nancy Pelosi for Congress to the Nixon Peabody Government Relations practice.



Program Location and Date

When: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Where: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
2085 S. Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92802

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