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Cal/OSHA Summit 2017: Leading-Edge Strategies for Exceptional Safety Management and Compliance in California

Cal/OSHA Summit 2017: Leading-Edge Strategies for Exceptional Safety Management and Compliance in California

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Cal/OSHA Summit 2017: Leading-Edge Strategies for Exceptional Safety Management and Compliance in California

October 10-11, 2017 | Costa Mesa, CA

Breakfast, Lunch, Morning and afternoon breaks provided for Cal/OSHA Summit 2017! 

What we covered in 2016:
California employers want to maintain a safe work environment—to protect their workforce and avoid costly payouts—but it’s difficult to meet the state’s complex and ever-changing compliance obligations. To fill this critical market need, the publisher of Cal/OSHA Compliance Advisor and presents Cal/OSHA Summit—the one-day, solution-focused event for California safety managers, consultants, and other professionals charged with OSHA compliance at their organization.

In 2016, this one-day action-packed agenda included powerful sessions on:

  • How the Latest State and Federal Rulings Impact Your California-Based Safety Management Compliance Obligations
  • The Latest DOSH, Appeals Board, Standards Board, and Consultation Services’ Priorities for the Year Ahead
  • Practical Strategies for Managing Safety for Contingent Labor
  • Cutting-Edge Strategies for Managing the Cal/OSHA Inspection Process with Ease
  • Intersecting Compliance Obligations Between Cal/OSHA Requirements, Workers’ Compensation, and Other Employment Laws
  • How to Master Compliance Obligations and Risk at Worksites With More Than One Employer Responsible for Safety
  • Case Study: A Day in the Life of a World-Class, California-Based Safety Culture Program
  • The Most Common Cal/OSHA Violations and Best Strategies to Prevent Them

Who should attend?
Safety and EHS managers, directors, consultants, and employers with California or multi-state safety compliance obligations.

2017 Location

The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa

The Westin South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa
686 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Room Rate: $199
Call 800-937-8461
To receive discounted rate, reference:
BLR meeting – October 2017 
Or book online:
Reservation cut-off date: Tuesday, September 26th

Parking Information
• $17.00 for day use
• $27.00 for overnight use
Valet Parking
•  $18.00 for day use
•  $32.00 for overnight use

Parking Prices subject to change

2016 Agenda

Tuesday, October 18 | Main Conference

Registration and Breakfast

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

California-Based Safety Management Compliance 360: Critical Safety Law Updates, Regulatory Enforcement Traps to Avoid, and the Latest DOSH, Appeals Board, Standards Board & Consultation Services' Priorities for the Year Ahead
Presented by: Jeffrey Tanenbaum, Esq., Nixon Peabody
Rachel Conn, Esq.
, Nixon Peabody
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Learn about the most important regulatory changes and court rulings of the past year addressing issues related to federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA,  and the practical impact these rulings will have on your approach to managing safety in your workplace. Also, learn the top safety compliance priorities on California safety enforcement agencies’ respective radars right now—so you can ensure you’re prepared for the year to come.

Refreshments & Networking Break
9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

On-Demand Work’s Impact on Safety Risks and Your Cal/OSHA Compliance Obligations: Practical Strategies for Managing Safety for Contingent Labor
Presented by: Alka Ramchandani, Esq., Jackson Lewis
9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
The contingent worker or “gig economy” is taking off here in California and nationwide, with over 1.5 million workers in the state employed by temporary staffing agencies alone in 2014. The move toward an on-demand, contingent labor workforce raises many concerns for safety and HR managers here in California. What are savvy California organizations doing to successfully manage those legal risks and ensure the safety of their freelancers? This session will teach you robust safety strategies for managing contingent talent here in California. You’ll learn:

  • How to ensure that you are in line with California policies concerning roles and responsibilities under “dual-employment” situations. 
  • Safety compliance obligations of host employers and temporary employment staffing agencies
  • Key questions host employers need to ask staffing agencies, and what staffing agencies need to ask host employers, before temporary workers enter a worksite or use equipment.
  • How to ensure your contingent labor agreements adequately address safety-related concerns 
  • When your organization is likely to be held liable for costly damages in the event a contingent worker is injured or becomes ill “on your watch”
  • Safety training and recordkeeping essentials to consider when using day laborers
  • And more!

Networking Break
10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Under the Microscope: Cutting-Edge Strategies for Managing the Cal/OSHA Inspection Process with Ease
Presented by: Kevin Bland, Esq., Ogletree Deakins
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 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:

  • The latest strategies on how to handle the start of an inspection 
  • What to expect in the “opening conference”
  • How best to participate in the “walk through”
  • OSH’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

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Tools for Implementing Cal/OSHA Compliance
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Learn how can help you stay in compliance with CAL/OSHA regulations.


  • Where to find the latest regulatory activity going on with Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA
  • Researching Cal/OSHA rules on temporary workers and how they differ from federal OSHA rules
  • How to effectively prepare for a surprise visit from Cal/OSHA
  • Complying with Cal/OSHA’s IIPP – Injury & Illness Prevention Program
  • provides the information and tools you need to quickly and effectively craft, implement, evaluate, and improve your program to stay in compliance and build safety culture. Our pre-made Toolbox Talks and Newsletter Builder are just a few examples of tools we provide to do that.

At your fingertips:

  • 100’s of downloadable training tools – PowerPoints, meeting outlines, tool-box talks
  • Employee newsletter wizard – Quickly and easily create custom employee newsletters
  • OSHA and state plan regulatory analysis – Easy to understand and written in Plain-English
  • Best Practice OSHA advice – White papers and case studies help you improve compliance
  • SDS Search – Easily search our database of Millions of SDSs that you can download and use

Plus, when you attend this session, you’re automatically entered in for a chance to win free BOSE wireless speakers!

Intersecting Compliance Obligations Between Cal/OSHA Requirements, Workers’ Compensation, and Other Employment Laws
Presented by: Ben Kim, Esq., Allen Matkins
1:00 p.m.  – 2:00 p.m.
When an employee is injured, safety and HR managers may become ensnarled in several compliance traps due to intersecting employment laws, including the state’s workers’ compensation code. Don’t let competing compliance obligations concerning disability accommodation wreak havoc on your organization! Listen as our presenter identifies—and debunks—the most common misconceptions about the safety and employment laws that come into play when employees are injured on the job. You’ll learn:

  • How to avoid FEHA or Americans with Disabilities Act charges for “perceived as” discrimination against the disabled
  • How to comply with California worker’s compensation law 
  • How to correctly meet wage and hour obligations 
  • Legal strategies for managing injured or sick employees’ return-to-work 
  • And more!

Multi Employer Worksites: How to Master Compliance Obligations and Risk at Worksites With More Than One Employer Responsible for Safety

Presented by: Jason Mills, Esq., Morgan Lewis
2:05 p.m. – 3:05 p.m. 
Multi-employer worksites present a host of safety compliance risks and legal obligations for each and every employer on a given worksite. This insightful session peers deep into one of the hottest issues plaguing California safety managers today, shedding practical light on:

  • Examples of when Cal/OSHA’s multi-employer worksite regulations apply 
  • How to identify key differences among the “exposing,” “creating,” and “controlling” employer—so you can tell which type of employer your organization is for purposes of interpreting the applicable Cal/OSHA regulations 
  • How to determine which employer is responsible for correcting a hazard 
  • When you’re likely to be vulnerable to costly penalties and citations stemming from a multi-employer situation 
  • And much more! 

Refreshments & Networking Break

3:05 – 3:25 p.m.

Case Study: A Day in the Life of a World-Class, California-Based Safety Culture Program
Presented by: Rey Marin and Fidel Gonzalez, CP Kelco
3:25 p.m. – 4:10 p.m. 
During this enlightening case study, you’ll hear from hydrocolloids manufacturer CP Kelco’s EHS manager and its safety specialist who will share how the company achieved CA VPP Star Site status. You’ll learn how a commitment to safe work practices has helped the company achieve safety excellence, including well-trained and highly engaged employees in safety, ongoing compliance with Cal/OSHA requirements, and low at-risk behaviors and incident rates.

Safety Violation Round-Up: Panel Discussion on the Most Common Cal/OSHA Violations and Best Strategies and Practices to Prevent Them
Moderated by: Jeffrey Tanenbaum, Esq., Nixon Peabody
Panelists: Kevin Bland, Esq., Ogletree Deakins
Ben Kim, Esq., Allen Matkins
Jason Mills, Esq., Morgan Lewis
Alka Ramchandani, Esq., Jackson Lewis
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Are you at risk for an expensive Cal/OSHA penalty right now? The fact is many organizations are at risk without even knowing it! During this lively panel, California-based safety attorneys will reveal the most common safety management policy and practice pitfalls of today—as evidenced through Cal/OSHA citations and costly penalties related to areas such as injury and illness prevention program (IIPP), injury recordkeeping and reporting, heat illness, slips, trips and falls, confined spaces, andlockout/tagout. By the end of this panel discussion, you’ll have a clearer picture of when Cal/OSHA violations are most likely—so you can evaluate your current safety practices and policies to ensure they’ll pass legal muster.

Conference adjourns
5:00 p.m. 

BONUS: Attend the Cal/OSHA Summit and receive a handy Safety Management and Compliance Report outlining the key ways in which Cal/OSHA regulations differ from the federal OSHA! This report provides a clear sense of how to manage your legal and compliance obligations under Cal/OSHA rules for general industry workplaces and the Code of Safe Practices for construction workplaces, and Cal/OSHA policies for multiemployer worksites, dual employment, citation procedures, the appeals process for contesting violations, and more! 

Your 2016 Speakers

Kevin BlandKevin Bland, Esq.
Shareholder– Orange County
Ogletree Deakins

Before he began his legal career, Kevin Bland had nearly 20 years of construction, safety, and business experience. His practice focuses primarily on safety, risk management, Cal/OSHA regulatory rulemaking, and Cal/OSHA citation appeals. He counsels and represents various industries, and was instrumental in the development of the "Snyder Langston Mobile Crane Safety Manual Policies and Procedures" that won the International Risk Management Best Practice Awards for loss control, risk financing, risk transfer, and risk analysis in 1999.

Rachel ConnRachel Conn, Esq.
Nixon Peabody

Rachel Conn 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, with a particular emphasis on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation.

Fidel GonzalezFidel Gonzalez
Safety Specialist
CP Kelco

Fidel Gonzalez started with CP Kelco in 2013 and spent most of his first 2 years as a laboratory technologist. He joined the EHS department in 2015, taking on the role of safety specialist for CP Kelco and is responsible for many programs, including safety trainings, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, laboratory safety, safety steering team committee, and VPP.

Benjamin KimBenjamin J. Kim, Esq.
Allen Matkins

Benjamin J. Kim represents employers in both California state and federal courts in a range of employment and labor matters, including those involving alleged wage and hour violations, workplace safety and health violations (“OSHA”), employment discrimination, workplace harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and disability accommodation. Kim also counsels and represents companies and nonprofit organizations in actions and investigations brought by various state and federal agencies and provides advice on various labor and employment issues, as well as training for employers on a variety of topics.

Rey MarinRey Marin
EHS Manager
CP Kelco

Rey Marin has had a long and successful career in workplace safety. He previously worked as a safety trainer and auditor for Ortho McNeil—a Johnson & Johnson company—a consultant for Pharma-Bio Serv, and an EHS specialist with a Merck chemical plant. Since 2014 he has been the EHS manager for food manufacturer CP Kelco, which has been part of the Cal/OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) since 1995.

Jason MillsJason S. Mills, Esq.
Morgan Lewis

Jason S. Mills represents employers in alleged OSHA violations, wage and hour class actions, single-plaintiff lawsuits, workplace discrimination cases, and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) class actions. He defends clients in the retail, defense, hospitality, and energy industries, among others, in a range of class action wage and hour claims. Mills is an experienced trial lawyer, and before joining Morgan Lewis, he was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a judge advocate at Camp Pendleton in California.

Alka RamchandaniAlka Ramchandani, Esq.
Jackson Lewis P.C

Alka Ramchandani specializes in representing employers in California occupational safety and health matters. Ramchandani advises and represents clients in relation to inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions involving the federal and California Occupational Safety and Health Administrations. She also represents and advises employers in employment discrimination, harassment/hostile work environment, failure to accommodate, retaliation, wrongful termination, workers' compensation, and wage and hour matters. Ramchandani has published several articles for California human resources magazines, which provide insight on a broad range of employment compliance topics.

Jeffrey TanenbaumJeffrey M. Tanenbaum, Esq.
Nixon Peabody

Jeff Tanenbaum 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. He has devoted his entire career to assisting employers with a broad array of employment and labor issues, including a special focus on occupational safety and health compliance and litigation, such as Cal/OSHA and fed/OSHA matters. He has litigated well over a thousand OSHA citations, and his practice crosses all industries, with many clients in the fields of technology, life sciences, manufacturing, health care, and more.

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