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Process Safety Update: The Latest with OSHA PSM & EPA RMP
Presented by Eric J. Conn, Amanda Strainis-Walker, Micah Smith, and Beeta Lashkari

Following the tragic West Fertilizer explosion in 2013, then-President Obama issued an Executive Order directing OSHA, EPA and other agencies to “modernize” the way the government regulates chemical process safety. OSHA and EPA took sweeping actions in response to the Executive Order, from enforcement initiatives (like a new wave of Refinery and Chemical Facility PSM National Emphasis Program inspections) to rulemaking and interpretation letters to an overhaul of OSHA’s PSM and EPA’s RMP regulatory programs. Then President Trump took office with a de-regulatory agenda, leaving the regulated community to wonder what this meant for the latest efforts to regulate process safety.

Rather than a unwavering drive toward deregulation, however, the Trump Administration initiatives in this area have been splintered, with some deregulatory initiatives proceeding, others coming to a complete halt, and still others being pared back in a deregulatory-lite fashion. For instance, we saw immediate delays and the beginning of rollbacks of new process safety regulations, yet enforcement initiatives appeared to move forward unhindered. And now, with three years of the Trump Administration in the books and an important Presidential Election looming, it remains unclear where the regulatory landscape will ultimately settle.

This webinar will review the status and likely future of OSHA’s PSM Standard and EPA’s RMP Rule, as well as other major process safety developments from the federal government, state governments, and industry groups.

Nov 17, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Eric J. Conn
Founding Partner and Chair, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
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. practiced for more than a decade alongside the former first General Counsel of the OSH Review Commission. He 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.
Amanda Strainis-Walker
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Amanda R. Strainis-Walker is a partner with Conn Maciel Carey LLP. She 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
Partner, OSHA • Workplace Safety Practice Group @Conn Maciel Carey LLP
Micah Smith is a Partner in 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.