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OSHA Roundup for Aug. 12, 2013

August 12, 2013

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News

OSHA issues a draft of its strategic plan, which will put greater emphasis on health hazards.

Final OSHA rule changes federal agency recordkeeping rule requirements.

OSHA launches a Regional Emphasis Program on noise hazards in New England.

Regulatory delays, including those in OSHA, are explored during a Senate subcommittee hearing.

OSHA and NIOSH issue a hazard alert on the dangerous solvent 1-bromopropane.

Notable proposed fines

$235,800 to a lift truck manufacturer in Illinois for a variety of safety and health violations, including lack of personal protective equipment and training

$188,300 to an Ohio-based industrial manufacturer for allegations that workers were exposed to lead and copper fumes greater than permissible exposure levels

$117,500 to an Alabama steel manufacturer for violations that included lack of hand protection

$66,900 to a Dallas food manufacturer for violations connected to an amputation of a worker’s arm


Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Aug. 12:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
 
910 Silica (proposed rule)
629 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
411 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.

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