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OSHA Roundup for Oct. 13, 2014

October 13, 2014
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OSHA formally requests stakeholder input on preventing worker exposure to hazardous chemicals.

An industrial abrasives manufacturer recommends the construction industry be exempt from OSHA’s proposed beryllium rule.

OSHA launches a vehicle-related struck-by Regional Emphasis Program in four Midwest states.

Notable proposed fines

$355,300 to a general contractor and a roofing subcontractor for a variety of fall protection, ladder and personal protective equipment violations at two Florida residential construction sites

$134,000 to a chemical facility in Ohio for process safety management and maintenance violations in connection with an employee being killed when a heated chemical mixture erupted onto him

$107,100 to a construction contractor for allegations it exposed workers to high lead levels at a Connecticut renovation site

$62,200 to a Connecticut stair and cabinet manufacturer in connection with the amputation of an employee’s fingers

$56,000 to a Cincinnati manufacturing plant for machine guarding and lockout/tagout violations following an incident in which a worker was seriously injured when caught in unguarded rollers

Happening this week

Oct. 14 – OSHA-led workshop on telecommunication industry safety 

Oct. 14 – Deadline to comment on amendments to OSHA’s proposed injury reporting rule 

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Oct. 13:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
39 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs – part of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget – reviews proposed regulations. The process is required for most rules before they can move forward, and typically takes 90 days.

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