OSHA/MSHA Outlook: Will Safety Be Trumped?

As the new Trump administration gets underway, the only thing certain is change … at least where OSHA and MSHA are concerned. This session will provide a timely update on the fate of Obama-era OSHA and MSHA rules, including crystalline silica, beryllium, e-Recordkeeping, walking/working surfaces, and metal/nonmetal mine workplace examination requirements. A forecast for future regulatory initiatives, and the impact on the “1-in, 2-out” approach to standard setting, new Executive Orders, and other congressional regulatory reform actions affecting workplace safety and health will be discussed. The speaker will also provide the outlook for OSHA, MSHA, NIOSH and CSB funding for FY 2018 and beyond, and how anticipated reductions will influence enforcement, standard-setting, outreach and alliance programs in the future.

Adele L. Abrams, Esq., CMSP, Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney, Certified Mine Safety Professional and trained mediator who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C. in Beltsville, MD, a ten-attorney firm focusing on safety, health and employment law nationwide. Adele also provides consultation, safety audits and training services to MSHA and OSHA regulated companies.

Adele is a frequent national speaker, and a columnist for numerous magazines, on legal, employment, mine and occupational safety/health issues, and is co-author of several books related to mining, construction and occupational safety and health. She is also on the adjunct faculty of the Catholic University of America, where she instructs on Employment and Labor Law.

She is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland and DC, the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Safety Council, International Society of Mine Safety Professionals, the American Bar Association, the Maryland and DC State Bar Associations, and the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation.