Understanding OSHA’s COVID-19 National Emphasis Program and Emergency Temporary Standard


Date & Time:

10:00 am – 11:30 am


On March 12, 2021, OSHA launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) that signaled a new enforcement agenda, targeting establishments in industries that have an increased potential for employee exposure to COVID-19. In this NEP, OSHA makes clear that it will be ramping up enforcement efforts against employers with both unprogrammed and programmed inspections. In addition, OSHA was scheduled to publish an emergency temporary COVID-19 standard (ETS) on March 15, but did not.

Join Eric Hobbs of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. and Chris Halverson of M3 for an educational session focused on the NEP, what OSHA’s ETS might and might not include, and addressing workplace COVID-19 program details, employer considerations, and response recommendations in light of both.

Focus areas:

  • What industries does the NEP target for inspections?
  • Whom will OSHA inspect first?
  • Will all workplaces and jobs be equal in inspection under NEP?
  • Will there be an outreach period before programmed inspections begin?
  • How will inspections under this NEP differ from regular OSHA inspections?
  • Does the NEP refer to an emergency temporary standard (ETS) related to COVID-19?
  • Will an employer’s ‘good faith’ attempt to protect workers matter to OSHA?
  • Does the NEP apply to State Plans?
  • When is OSHA likely to publish an ETS and what might it look like?
  • Will the NEP remain in force if OSHA adopts an ETS?

Who should attend:

All employers, particularly those in what OSHA considers to be high-risk industries, should be prepared for the heightened OSHA enforcement activity related to COVID-19 workplace exposures. OSHA identifies a broad range of high-risk industries, including healthcare, food and agribusiness, and manufacturing.

Join us for the following webinar:

April 1, 2021
Session: 10:00 – 11:00 am CT
Q&A: 11:00 – 11:30 am CT


Chris Halverson, Risk Management Sales Director, M3 Insurance

Eric E. Hobbs, Shareholder and Chair of Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


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