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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 25, 2013

February 25, 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
742 Silica (proposed rule)
461 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
243 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

A new bill proposes codifying the Voluntary Protection Programs.

OSHA would be forced to issue an interim Combustible Dust Standard under proposed House legislation.

Notable proposed fines

$119,840 to a total of three companies in connection with the flash fire deaths of two workers at a Texas worksite

$112,500 to a Texas die cast manufacturer for allegations of exposing workers to electrical and fall hazards (.pdf file), and violations (.pdf file) of the Hazard Communication Standard

$91,000 to a contractor following a worker’s forklift-related injury at a Chicago exhibition hall

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