Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of today:
|# of Days|
|819||Silica (proposed rule)|
|538||Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)|
|320||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.
Secretary of Labor-designate Thomas Perez calls worker safety “critical.”
The AFL-CIO’s annual Death on the Job report outlines what needs to be done to improve workplace safety, including adding additional OSHA inspectors.
Notable proposed fines
$105,000 to a Texas propane supplier for process safety management violations in connection with a November 2012 fire that injured seven workers
$79,310 to a Maine sawmill for alleged lockout/tagout violations
$74,610 to a Colorado Springs, CO-based dairy food manufacturer for a variety of alleged hazards, including falls and unguarded machinery
$73,000 to a Georgia carpet manufacturer for allegations it exposed workers to chemical and electrical hazards, as well as other violations
$72,380 to an Illinois construction contractor for alleged cave-in hazards during a trenching operation
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