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OSHA Roundup for April 8, 2013

April 8, 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
784 Silica (proposed rule)
503 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
285 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

The Protecting America’s Workers Act – which would provide the OSH Act’s first significant update – has been reintroduced in the Senate.

OSHA meets with the National Industrial Sand Association regarding the agency’s proposed silica rule.

President Barack Obama re-nominates Cynthia Attwood to serve on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA issues a combustible dust booklet for emergency responders.

Notable proposed fines

$115,500 to a Kansas roofing contractor in connection with an incident in which a worker fell from a roof, broke his neck and was paralyzed

$110,440 to an Illinois sewer and water contractor for allegations of failing to protect workers from a cave-in and moving soil and chunks of asphalt during trenching operations

$109,800 to a Houston-based precast firm for alleged electrical and fall hazards

$83,160 to a Georgia metal finishing company for allegations of workers being exposed to dangerous chemical levels

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