[Webinar] OSHA's Standards Improvement Project: "Unexpected" Changes to the Lockout/Tagout Standard - March 28th, 1:00pm EDT


Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm Eastern Daylight Time

Your Hosts: Eric J. Conn and Dan C. Deacon

OSHA initiated a “Standards Improvement Project” in 1995 in response to a memorandum from Pres. Clinton in order to make non-controversial, consensus changes to requirements in OSHA standards that are confusing, outdated, duplicative or inconsistent.  There have been a series of rulemakings under the SIP umbrella in 1998, 2005, 2011 and now SIP Phase IV published in October 2016.  Phase IV proposes 18 revisions to existing standards, including a change to OSHA’s Lockout/Tagout standard that is hardly non-controversial.  OSHA is attempting to use the SIP to undo a judicial interpretation of “unexpected energization” that OSHA does not support.  Specifically, reading the term unexpected right out of the standard.

Participants in this webinar will learn about:

  • The origins and intent of the Standards Improvement Project
  • Prior changes to OSHA standards completed under the SIP
  • The controversy around “unexpected energization” in OSHA’s LOTO Standard
  • Changes to OSHA’s LOTO Standard proposed in SIP Phase IV

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About the presenters

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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