OSHA’s Policy of Public Shaming: Status and Future under the Trump Admin. [Webinar Recording]

On August 21, 2018, Eric J. Conn and Aaron R. Gelb of Conn Maciel Carey’s national OSHA Practice Group presented a webinar: “OSHA’s Policies of Public Shaming: the Status under the Trump Admin. and the Future.

As a small budget agency, OSHA has long looked for policies that will leverage individual enforcement actions to have the greatest impact on Industry.  That is the origin of OSHA’s controversial policy of “Regulation by Shaming.”  During the Obama Administration, employer shaming became a significant enforcement tool and came in many forms, from increasing use of enforcement press releases that included embarrassing and inflammatory quotations about employers, to maintaining a public bad actors list in connection with the Severe Violator Enforcement Program, and the pièce de résistance – publishing a Rule by which OSHA will collect and publish employers’ injury and illness data and details about fatalities.

The Trump Administration has signaled it will take a different approach to public shaming, but at the very least, the vestiges of these policies still remain, and some Administration actions suggest they are here to stay.

During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • Details of OSHA’s current Enforcement Press Release policy
  • OSHA’s use of public shaming in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program
  • Status of OSHA’s intent to publish injury data collected through the E-Recordkeeping Rule
  • OSHA’s policy for publishing fatality information

Here is a link to a recording of the August webinar.

The August 21st webinar was the eighth webinar event in Conn Maciel Carey’s 2018 OSHA Webinar Series.  If you missed any of our prior webinars in the 2018 series or webinars from past years’ OSHA Webinar Series, here is a link Conn Maciel Carey’s webinar archive.

View our full schedule, detailed program descriptions, and individual registration pages for the remaining webinars in the 2018 OSHA Webinar series HERE.  To register for the entire 2018 series, click here to send us an email request, and we will automatically register you.

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