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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 19, 2012

November 19, 2012

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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
644 Silica (proposed rule)
363 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
145 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
88 Standards Improvement Project IV (pre-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

OSHA proposes revisions to its Cranes and Derricks Standard to offer exemptions for digger-derrick work.

With Black Friday near, OSHA offers tips to help keep retail workers safe.

Notable proposed fines

$246,000 (.pdf file) to a Texas trucking and oilfield support services company in connection with a fire that injured two workers

$196,000 to a Chicago-based masonry repair contractor for exposing workers to lead during sandblasting operations

$131,670 to a boiler manufacturer in Texas for a variety of hazards, including falls

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