2021 OSHA Rule Changes and COVID-19

  • Course level: All Levels
  • Duration 1h 2m
  • Last Update October 20, 2021


OSHA has explained that it had prioritized conducting on-site workplace inspections to healthcare facilities and to COVID-19-related fatalities and imminent danger exposure cases in these settings.  OSHA’s enforcement of COVID-19 compliance to date has been heavily focused in various health care settings.  With the new administration, we know there will be even more enforcement.  This will be through new COVID-19 guidance that was recently issued and likely through a new regulation, an emergency standard on COVID-19 compliance.

On March 12, 2021, OSHA launched a new national emphasis program that heavily targets healthcare and requires OSHA area offices to create targeted inspections lists, meaning that there should be even more COVID-19 enforcement throughout 2021 (as the program is set to run for a year).

Under the new guidance, employers are having to be formal in how they approach COVID-19, including through having a designated workplace coordinator who is responsible for COVID-19 issues on the employer’s behalf.  New compliance hurdles include how employees are to be involved, the communication of COVID issues, and new workplace safety controls.  We believe a regulation will also add challenges regarding employer’s obligations with testing, handling exposure cases, and with reporting obligations.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  1. New OSHA guidance and a new regulation
  2. New OSHA Requirements
  3. Parameters of the new National Emphasis Program
  4. OSHA’s general duty standard for safe workplaces
  5. OSHA’s recommended risk assessment for workplaces
  6. EEOC’s position on return to work health testing
  7. Latest updates on FFCRA Paid leave requirements
  8. Updated Family and Medical Leave rules
  9. Latest USDOL rule on independent contractors
  10. Employee exemptions for overtime pay
  11. New mileage reimbursement guidance

What Will I Learn?

  • Learn what changes may be necessary to COVID-19 prevention strategies based on new OSHA guidance and a new regulation.
  • Examine each of the 16 requirements imposed under the guidance and how they specifically relate to healthcare
  • Examine the parameters of the new National Emphasis Program to understand how a company could be subject to an increased risk of inspection.
  • Understand the OSHA enforcement scheme generally and how OSHA enforcement would look regarding COVID with these new requirements.
  • Understand how to respond to initial OSHA inquiries through its Rapid Response Investigation (RRI) process.
  • Understand OSHA COVID compliance as it differs at the state and federal level. This will include discussion of the current states with COVID regulations.
  • Examine how the hierarchy of safety controls dictates what controls are considered necessary by OSHA to provide a safe workplace

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About the instructor

Matthew Deffebach is a partner at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP in its Houston and Orange County offices, and Matt is the chair of the firm’s OSHA and Workplace Disasters Practice Group. He assists clients in numerous industries and uses what he has learned with his trial and overall experience to help clients understand how to utilize preventative measures to minimize claims and reduce exposure to litigation. Matt is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is recognized in Chambers USA, Chambers, and Partners, for labor and employment in Texas. As an OSHA litigator, he has appeared in more than 30 states handling OSHA matters and has extensive knowledge of federal and state OSHA requirements.
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Target Audience

  • Medical staff leaders
  • Hospital executives
  • Credentialing specialists
  • Medical staff managers
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Health Lawyers
  • Safety and risk professionals
  • Human Resources
  • Supervisors/managers
  • Compliance personnel
  • Any office executive management
  • Representatives of employees
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