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OSHA roundup for April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013

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Review counter

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

# of Days
798 Silica (proposed rule)
517 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
299 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final 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.

OSHA administrator David Michaels details the recent proposed budget’s effect on the Voluntary Protection Programs, and a prominent OSHA leader steps down. All this and more in today’s OSHA Roundup.

News

VPP growth would slow under a proposed OSHA budget for fiscal year 2014 to help ensure the program’s integrity and reduce a backlog of recertifications, administrator David Michaels says.

OSHA’s No. 2, Richard Fairfax, is retiring next month.

Secretary of Labor-designate Thomas Perez calls workplace safety a top priority, and pledged “fair investigations.”

Confused about how the new Hazard Communication Standard applies to combustible dust? OSHA answers some questions.

OSHA issues a bilingual ladder fall prevention booklet.

The charter for the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health has been renewed.

Notable proposed fines

$589,000 to an Ohio container manufacturer for several willful and egregious violations related to alleged unguarded machinery

$219,000 to a New Jersey laundry company for a variety of violations, including unguarded machinery and lockout/tagout

$121,480 to a St. Louis roofing contractor for allegedly failing to provide roofers with fall protection

$58,755 to a Georgia poultry facility producer in connection with the death of a worker who died after becoming caught in an unguarded hopper while trying to remove a piece of cardboard

Happening this week

April 22-28 – Several OSHA-sponsored observations and events for Workers Memorial Day, which is April 28

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