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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 24, 2012

September 24, 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
588 Silica (proposed rule)
307 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
89 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
32 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

Under a House-passed budget resolution, OSHA’s budget will remain the same as the current fiscal year’s for the next six months.

The Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health is scheduled to meet Oct. 18.

Notable proposed fines

$162,400 to a New Jersey warehouse that allegedly allowed employees to ride on the forks of forklifts (.pdf file) and failed to provide fall protection on platforms, among other violations (.pdf file)

$148,700 to a manufacturer in Delaware for repeat citations of previous violations that included failure to perform process equipment inspections and tests, and failure to ensure PVC dust did not accumulate on surfaces and the floor

$138,600 to a Columbus, OH-based pain producer for alleged violations related to the release of a chemical vapor cloud

$136,290 to a New York contractor for allegations of fall hazard violations

$79,200 to a nutritional product manufacturer in connection to a worker who died at its Mississippi plant when caught in a rotating screw conveyor

Happening this week

Sept. 26-27 – The 61st Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane, WA

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