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OSHA - 10 Major Differences between Federal OSHA and California OSHA Compliance and Enforcement

Instructor: James  T. Dufour
Product ID: 701836
  • Duration: 90 Min

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Learn 10 major difference between Cal/OSHA and Federal OSHA and how to respond to it in case of OSHA inspection.

Why Should You Attend:

National and international corporations with plants and other establishments, like retail stores, in California need to be aware that compliance with federal OSHA standards is not sufficient in California, and that enforcement by Cal/OSHA is a more onerous experience compared to federal enforcement and other state plan enforcement. In addition, virtually every aspect of the inspection process is different, from how employers are targeted, to the definition of a serious violation and the penalties imposed for such offenses – up to $25,000 versus $7,000 in 49 other states.

This webinar covers the whys, how’s, and appropriate response to differences between federal and other state OSHA programs and California OSHA (Cal/OSHA). Corporations with employees in California should participate in this webinar to receive a concise and expertly-prepared presentation of the differences between federal OSHA and Cal/OSHA. Discussion will be done on the OSHA program: standards, enforcement procedures, penalties, and the appeals process.

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

The following topics will be covered:

  • Organization of Cal/OSHA versus federal OSHA;
  • Differences in standards and California unique standards;
  • Reduced Permissible Exposure Limits in California compared to Fed/OSHA;
  • The California Injury and Illness Prevention Standard – the model for the future federal 12P2 Standard;
  • How inspections are targeted;
  • Differences in reporting occurrences of deaths or serious injuries;
  • Differences in the definition of a serious violation – How Cal/OSHA serious violations are easier to prove, and just got easier with 2010 legislation;
  • Differences in penalties between Fed/OSHA and Cal/OSHA;
  • Difference between the Cal/OSHA and federal citation appeals process; and
  • Felony criminal and other workplace accident liability and admissibility of Cal/OSHA standards in civil cases, which are issues rarely encountered in other jurisdictions.

Handout Materials:

Webinar will include various tables that summarize differences between Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA penalties and standards, as well as links to regulations/standards and sources of information.

Who Will Benefit:

  • Participants who will find this webinar particularly useful are
  • Management, human resources, and safety personnel with responsibility for OSHA compliance in California, or with multi-state responsibility, which includes this state.
  • Recent transfers to California in positions with safety oversight or responsibilities, this webinar is a “must attend.”
  • The webinar is designed to be sufficiently basic that non-safety professionals and lawyers, like managers, HR personnel, facility managers, and others assigned to handle safety and health matters and OSHA inspections will benefit. Safety professionals, consultants, insurance loss control advisors, and attorneys not practicing OSHA law will find tricks of the trade and strategies revealed in the webinar useful.

Instructor Profile:

James T. Dufour, MS, JD, CIH, REA is an attorney with a background in environmental management and industrial hygiene and workplace safety with more than 3 decades of experience, including private law practice since 1987 effectively representing clients in federal, California, and other state OSHA appeals and administrative, civil and criminal environmental cases. Recognized as a proficient strategist, his preventive and post-enforcement cost-effective compliance/clean-up plans have been highly regarded by clients, regulators, and judges. (www.dufourlegal.com)

He also has devised corporate regulatory compliance programs in response to new standards and regulations for corporations and trade association membership, including compliance manuals on OSHA and environmental compliance topics published by the California Chamber of Commerce and other trade groups, including the best selling Injury & Illness Prevention Program Compliance Manual (first edition – 54,000 copies), Cal/OSHA Basics and Written Programs, OSHA Compliance in 10 Practical Steps, Proposition 65, and the California Environmental Compliance and Hazardous Waste Handbooks.

James also has instructed thousands of participants in seminars and webinars sponsored by Dufour Seminars & Training, corporate and association clients, and webinar producers since 1986.

Related Reading:

Cal/OSHA and federal OSHA Differences

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The presenter was clear and tried to stay clear of legalese. Well presented and in tune with employer's concerns.
- Anonymous

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