Meeting Archive:
OSHA's old "Standards Improvement Project" and Pres. Trump's Efforts to Cut Regulations


Meeting Description:

OSHA's old “Standards Improvement Project” and Pres. Trump’s Efforts to Slash Regulations

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 1 PM ET

Presented by Eric J. Conn and Dan C. Deacon

OSHA initiated a “Standards Improvement Project” (SIP) under the Clinton Admin. to make non-controversial changes to confusing, outdated or duplicative OSHA standards.  There have been a series of SIP rulemakings since, culminating in SIP Phase IV, published by Obama’s OSHA late in 2016, which proposes numerous revisions to existing standards, including a change to OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) standard that is hardly non-controversial.  Specifically, OSHA is attempting to use SIP to undo a judicial interpretation of “unexpected energization” that OSHA does not support; reading “unexpected” right out of the standard.

What Trump’s OSHA does with the LOTO proposal is a mystery, but what is more important is Trump’s recent Executive Orders that appear to put SIP on steroids.  Trump has long stated that overregulation is hampering America’s economic growth, and plans for decreasing regulations have been a high priority in his 100-day action plan.  Trump signed the “2-for-1” order that requires federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new regulation they implement, and another order directing federal agencies to create “regulatory reform” task forces to evaluate federal rules and recommend whether to keep, repeal or change them.  Trump intends for these task forces to reduce what it deems expensive or unnecessary rules.  OSHA rules may be on the chopping block.

Participants in this webinar will learn about:

  • The origins and intent of the Standards Improvement Project
  • A controversial proposal to remove “unexpected energization” from OSHA’s LOTO Standard
  • Pres. Trump’s two executive orders designed to slash regulations
Details
Date: Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Eric J. Conn and Dan C. Deacon
 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 CSB, MSHA, EPA and state and local safety related agencies.  He also handles all aspects of OSHA litigation, from criminal prosecutions to appeals of citations. 
 
Mr. Conn also conducts and directs attorney-client privileged workplace safety audits, delivers safety training, and helps employers develop and implement compliant safety and health programs.  He writes and speaks extensively on safety & health law issues, including authoring chapters in multiple OSHA Treatises.

Dan C. Deacon
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Daniel C. Deacon is an Associate in the Washington, DC office of Conn Maciel Carey LLP, working in both the Labor and Employment and OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group.  Dan's practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety & health law and labor and employment law.  He represents employers in inspections, investigations and enforcement actions involving OSHA and other state and local safety related agencies.
 

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