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OSHA Roundup for Oct. 28, 2013

October 28, 2013

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News

Two new OSHA web-based tools have been released to help employers who voluntarily wish to reduce hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

Source: OSHA issuance of a new electrical rule is “imminent.

OSHA extends the public comment period for its proposed silica rule.

Notable proposed fines

$280,800 to several contractors and subcontractors working at a New Hampshire power plant for alleged hazards that include cave-ins, falls and electrocution

$153,900 to a New Jersey concrete company for a variety of health violations, including confined space, respiratory protection and noise violations

$140,000 to a Wisconsin ethanol producer in connection with the grain engulfment death of a worker

$115,400 to a New Jersey steel company for failing to abate previous cited hazards related to a written lockout/tagout program, training workers on fire extinguishers and evaluating fork truck operator performance


Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Oct. 28:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
 
706 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
488 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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