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OSHA Roundup for April 29, 2013

April 29, 2013
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Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of today:

# of Days
805 Silica (proposed rule)
524 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
306 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.

News

House Democrats reintroduce the Protecting America’s Workers Act to update the Occupational Safety and Health Act, following the lead of the Senate.

State-run OSHA programs need more federal resources, including better access to training, a Government Accountability Office report suggests.

Underground and demolition operations must follow the same cranes and derricks rules as other construction sections, a new OSHA rule says.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries proposes new rules aimed at preventing painkiller drug abuse among injured workers.

Notable proposed fines

$133,000 to a New England confectioner in connection with the release of 8,000 pounds of ammonia

$70,000 to a Hawaiian heavy equipment rental company in connection with the death of a worker who was crushed by a crane

$33,000 to a North Dakota-based energy company in connection with the death of a worker killed while cleaning the inside of a vacuum truck when an agitator started up

Happening this week

April 29 to May 3 – A variety of OSHA-supported Workers Memorial Day commemorations throughout the country

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