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OSHA Roundup for Aug. 26, 2013

August 26, 2013

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A proposed silica rule, decades in the making, has been announced.

OSHA releases its Federal Annual Monitoring and Evaluation reports on State Plan states for fiscal year 2012.

A new CSB video urges OSHA to better regulate reactive chemicals.

Notable proposed fines

$317,000 to an Illinois fabricator for bypassing machine safeguards and failure to lock out, among other violations, in connection with the crushing death of a worker

$49,000 to a Texas corn mill for failing to provide an adequate emergency plan, train workers and provide a lifeline in connection with a worker’s asphyxiation caused by a grain engulfment

Happening this week

Aug. 26-29 – The 25th annual Alabama Governor’s Safety and Health Conference

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Aug. 26:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
643 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
425 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.

Editor’s note: Because of Labor Day, OSHA Roundup will return Tuesday, Sept. 3. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

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