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OSHA Roundup for March 25, 2013

March 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
770 Silica (proposed rule)
489 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
271 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

President Barack Obama nominates former Maryland Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to lead the federal Department of Labor.

In a meeting with the Office of Management and Budget, the American Foundry Society says there is “no need” for OSHA to reduce its permissible exposure limit for silica.

Notable proposed fines

$164,700 to a New Jersey laundry facility for allegations of electrical and exit route violations following a worker complaint that the business would not allow workers to leave the building during an emergency

$74,900 to a Texas recycling center for alleged amputation hazards

$70,000 to an Oklahoma-based construction company for alleged trenching violations in New Jersey as part of the agencys National Emphasis Program

$57,300 to a New Jersey-based roofing contractor in connection with a worker who suffered a broken neck after falling through a roof opening

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