Speaking Engagement

What to Expect from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration in 2010 and Beyond


Boston, MA

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
World Trade Center East
Two Seaport Lane, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 946-4800


Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

With a new Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and a Secretary of Labor who is dedicated to ensuring that the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is "back in the enforcement business," employers are facing a new frontier of OSHA enforcement.  OSHA has become much more aggressive in issuing citations, increasing the characterization of the citations issued, and proposing higher penalties. Please join us for a breakfast briefing to discuss OSHA’s current enforcement initiatives, inspection procedures and what employers can do to prepare.

Topics include:

  • OSHA’s new penalty policy
  • What employers should expect from OSHA inspectors
  • Current OSHA National Emphasis Programs
  • How employers can measure their OSHA compliance
  • The role of safety committees as part of an employer's overall compliance program
  • How internal and outside audits of safety compliance can be effective
  • Best practices for effectively handling an OSHA inspection


Jim Curtis, a partner in our Environmental, Safety & Toxic Torts practice group, will present this breakfast briefing.  He has extensive experience litigating environmental and safety issues with both the government and private parties. He focuses his practice on OSHA matters defending against willful, serious and repeat citations including hearings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, United States Circuit Court of Appeals, and various state plan boards.  Mr. Curtis frequently speaks to trade and industry groups on OSHA compliance matters.