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OSHA Roundup for June 8, 2015

June 8, 2015
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Transgender workers should have access to restroom facilities based on their gender identity, OSHA says in a new guidance document.

OSHA used data from its updated injury reporting rule to revise a fact sheet on preventing amputations.

New flyers and wallet cards from OSHA explain to nail-salon workers their right to a safe workplace.

OSHA updates an online hazard identification training tool to include a health care scenario to assist emergency departments.

The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health program has launched a new policy to target employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors.

Notable proposed fines

$470,300 to a Pennsylvania construction company for scaffolding violations after OSHA inspectors found bricklayers were working without fall protection and too close to power lines

$171,900 to three New Jersey employers – a soft drink manufacturer, a warehouse and storage contractor, and a staffing agency – for noise, struck-by and fall hazards at a production warehouse

$126,500 to a chicken processing facility in Ohio for having machinery that lacked proper safety mechanisms and exposing workers to amputation hazards

$101,600 to a South Carolina shipyard for allegations of broken forklifts, blocked exits, electrical hazards, and a lack of guarding on saws and other machinery

$46,900 to a railcar company for failing to eliminate ignition sources from areas with flammable substances present in a Kansas explosion that injured nine workers

Happening this week

June 9 – Deadline to request to speak at an upcoming National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health meeting

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of June 8:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
 
277 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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