Meeting Archive:
Regulatory Update: OSHA's PSM Standard & EPA's RMP Rule

Meeting Description:

OSHA PSM Standard & EPA RMP Update

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 1 PM ET

Presented by Eric J. Conn, Amanda Strainis-Walker, and Micah Smith

Following the tragic West Fertilizer explosion in 2013, then-Pres. Obama issued an Exec. Order directing OSHA, EPA and other agencies to “modernize” how the government regulates chemical manufacturing. In response, OSHA and EPA took sweeping actions, from rulemaking and interpretation letters to overhaul the PSM and RMP regulatory landscape to new enforcement initiatives, like a new PSM National Emphasis Program.When Pres. Trump took office, process safety and environmental regulations were delayed or repealed, new political leadership was installed, and enforcement policies were reexamined. This webinar will review the status and likely future of OSHA’s PSM and EPA’s RMP programs.

Participants in this webinar will learn about the following:

  • OSHA’s and EPA’s Rulemaking Efforts to “modernize” the PSM and RMP regulations
  • Recent significant OSH Review Commission Decisions regarding PSM
  • The New Chem/Ref PSM National Emphasis Program and Lessons Learned from Prior PSM NEPs
Date: Tue, Dec 12, 2017
Time: 01:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Eric J. Conn, Amanda Strainis-Walker, and Micah Smith
 Presenter Information
Eric J. Conn
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Eric J. Conn is a founding partner and Chair of the national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group at the law firm Conn Maciel Carey LLP, where he focuses his practice on all aspects of occupational safety & health law.  Mr. Conn represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA, the Chemical Safety Board, MSHA, EPA and state and local safety related agencies.  He also handles all aspects of OSHA litigation, from criminal prosecutions to appeals of citations.

Amanda R. Strainis-Walker
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Amanda R. Strainis-Walker is a partner with Conn Maciel Carey LLP. Based out of Conn Maciel Carey's Atlanta, GA office, Amanda focuses on occupational safety and health (OSHA) law. Prior to private practice, she was a Presidential Appointee at the U.S. Department of Labor as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, and then as an attorney in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor of Labor, where she advised her clients, OSHA and MSHA, on a diverse range of legal and regulatory issues.

Micah Smith
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Micah Smith is Of Counsel with the national OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group of Conn Maciel Carey LLP. He focuses his practice in the areas of occupational safety and health (OSHA) law.  Mr. Smith represents clients in the full range of OSHA-related matters across a wide range of industries, and works with his clients to identify safety and health strategies that both increase employee safety and improve business performance.
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