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OSHA Roundup for Oct. 8, 2012

October 8, 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:

No. of Days
602 Silica (proposed rule)
321 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
103 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
46 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

Funding for OSHA for the next six months will be the same as the previous year.

OSHA launches whistleblower pilot program.

New members join Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health.

Stakeholders discuss forthcoming final power transmission rule with OSHA and OMB officials.

OSHA updates its variance webpage to provide more information.

Notable proposed fines

$189,000 (.pdf file) to a Texas oil and gas servicing company in connection with the electrocution of an employee

$172,000 (.pdf file) to an airport passenger boarding bridge manufacturer as part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations for allegations of struck-by incidents, amputations, shocks and falls

$117,600 to a Mississippi construction company for allegations of failing to protect workers against trench collapses

$75,000 total in penalties to two New York companies – a contractor and subcontractor – in connection with the death of an employee who was fatally struck by a crane boom

$8,700 to an Ohio residential care facility for allegations it failed to protect employees from workplace violence

Happening this week

Oct. 10 – Deadline to submit comments or requests to speak at an Oct. 18 Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health meeting (.pdf file) in Washington

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