Webinar to Focus on Combustible Dust, Rulemakings, Enforcement

ASSE will host a 90-minute webinar designed to thoroughly explore OSHA's rulemaking proceedings on combustible dust in the workplace. The event takes place July 14 at 11 a.m. CDT.

The session will examine OSHA's authority to promulgate a comprehensive combustible dust standard, challenges with promulgating a comprehensive combustible dust standard, and enforcement of existing OSHA standards regarding combustible-dust related hazards in the workplace. It will include an overview of where the industry is regarding combustible dust and how the industry got there, including OSHA's implementation in October 2007 of a Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program and the revised version of that NEP the agency implemented in March 2008.

In response to the Combustible Dust NEP, OSHA has issued almost four thousand citation items to the regulated community alleging various combustible dust-related hazards in the workplace. On October 21, 2009, OSHA issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for a comprehensive combustible dust standard.

Examining these issues during the webinar will be Michael T. Taylor, J.D., of Arent Fox LLP in Washington, D.C. Taylor focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law, representing employers and trade associations in a wide range of industries, including, but not limited to, the health care, chemical and petrochemical, electric utility, manufacturing, construction, and food services industries. He represents employers and trade associations during federal and state enforcement litigation and rulemaking proceedings and provides compliance counseling, catastrophe management, safety and health audits, and due diligence reviews for clients. He also is well-versed in all aspects of the National Labor Relations Act.

Before joining Arent Fox, Taylor served as Acting General Counsel of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the federal administrative agency in charge of adjudicating safety and health workplace disputes between OSHA and private industry. He also served as Chief Legal Counsel and Special Advisor to OSHRC Chairman W. Scott Railton.

Among the deliverables for webinar participants are the session's slides, a link to the recorded version of the session for later viewing, and 0.2 CEU credits (the latter for those who complete the course assessment). For more information and registration, go to www.asse.org.

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