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November 29, 2021

2021 in Review: OSHA Compliance

As 2021 comes to a close it is important to reflect on the past year and look forward to what will be coming in 2022. Our 2021 in review series aims to do just that with our most popular guests. Each week we will be reviewing our past predictions for 2021 and what actually happened this year. In addition, we will dive into how you can have a successful 2022!

Our first episode is with Trent Cotney, the CEO of Cotney, Attorneys & Consultants, and the author of OSHA Defense for the Construction Industry. Trent shares what has changed in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) regulations for the construction industry, and what practices every contractor needs to act on to protect themselves and their businesses. Also, he will share what to expect from OSHA in 2022.

Key Takeaways

  1. The rules are still being established. OSHA was hands-off at the beginning of the pandemic but with new vaccine mandates going through the court system, it’s in your best interest to pay attention and make sure that you are complying with the multitude of changes that have happened in the last year.
  2. OSHA is increasing enforcement. OSHA is gearing up to hire more employees next year, which gives the organization a better handle on enforcement and tracking. If you have anything out of compliance, now is the time to fix the process. 
  3. New silica rules and increased enforcement in 2022. The Silica Standard will be a big change in 2022. With almost everything in construction containing silica, it has the potential to change a number of your processes.