Cal/OSHA and COVID-19
What will they do next?
Cal/OSHA has proposed a further amendment to the current Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), a permanent regulation to address COVID-19 and will soon be required to respond to any Fed/OSHA regulation mandating employee vaccination.
In the meantime, they are enforcing the current ETS with more enthusiasm than training. The challenges facing employers going into 2022 include navigating the ever-changing requirements related to workplace safety. This presentation will review the current state of affairs and what we expect in 2022.
The Prince Firm
Lisa Baiocchi has been representing employers in OSHA and Cal/OSHA matters since 2012. She is currently a senior associate at The Prince Firm, a Santa Rosa, California law firm that concentrates its practice in Cal/OSHA, Fed/OSHA and crisis management.
Lisa represents the firm’s clients in all aspects of Cal/OSHA and Fed/OSHA administrative process and defense, as well as amicus curiae and appellate briefs. She has also assisted employers with crisis response, improving and updating their safety programs, as well as with managing pre- and post-appeal abatement issues before Cal/OSHA. Her clients encompass a wide variety of industries, including construction, wineries, wastewater treatment, and manufacturing, to name just a few.
It’s not all business for Lisa – she has enjoyed running marathons in the past and thought that she and her son would enjoy years of running together; but in short order, he became much too fast and has left her in the dust. Currently, Lisa lives with her partner, Matt, and together they enjoy brewing beer, gardening, yoga, traveling, running and hiking. Lisa is also devoted to her Corgi, Ranger, who is a frequent attendee at SF Corgi-Con - which is a real thing and it is a very big deal.
The Prince Firm
Lisa Prince has represented employers in OSHA and Cal/OSHA matters for more than eighteen years. Lisa was a partner at Walter & Prince LLP before starting her own firm in 2020. The Prince Firm represents employers ranging from Fortune 500 companies with thousands of employees in many states to local small hometown businesses. The firm focuses on all aspects of the California Safety and Health Administration [Cal/OSHA] including advocacy during rulemaking, compliance assistance, management of enforcement activity and appeal of citations. In addition to defense work, the firm helps employers, safety directors, risk managers, and human resource administrators to proactively reduce risk and develop preventative safety programs that comply with regulatory mandates.
Lisa is a sought-after speaker on a broad spectrum of workplace safety topics and regulatory updates, as well as Cal/OSHA investigations and the Cal/OSHA appeals process. She presents an annual update on the law for several safety groups and is regularly a judge in the Associated General Contractors’ (AGC) annual Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) program.
Lisa still lives with her wonderful husband and partner in all things. They are now empty nesters as the amazing daughter has gone off to college in southern California. That leaves Mila the magnificent, the “Canine-American Hybrid” (mutt) in charge. In her “spare” time, Lisa continues to strive for a perfect garden and perfect manicure . . . both are still proving elusive.