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OSHA Roundup for Jan. 21, 2013

January 21, 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
707 Silica (proposed rule)
426 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
208 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

Democrat-sponsored House bill would expand OSHA recordkeeping requirements.

Contaminants found during the cleanup efforts of Hurricane Sandy are under permissible exposure limit levels, OSHA says.

OSHA and BNSF Railway Co. sign an accord in which the rail company agrees to make several policy changes to correct violations of whistleblower provisions.

Notable proposed fines

$159,250 to a roofing contractor in New York state for alleged fall hazards.

$41,200 to an Illinois-based manufacturing plant related to allegations that it exposed workers to hydrochloric acid.

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