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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

News

The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a draft revision of OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard, which currently is in the prerule stage.

The 16-day federal government shutdown stopped about 1,400 OSHA inspections and 500 consultations, according to a new OMB report.

The Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health is looking for new members, and plans to meet in December.

Notable proposed fines

$397,000 to Philadelphia demolition contractors in connection with a building collapse that killed six people

$177,100 to a shipbuilding facility in Mississippi for violations that included failing to guard live electrical parts, not preventing flexible hoses from submerging in water, and failing to prevent loads from being suspended over workers’ heads

$156,240 to a Wisconsin milling company in connection with the asphyxiation death of a worker

$77,000 to a Florida masonry contractor in connection with the fall-related death of a worker


Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 18:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
509 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
9 Process Safety Management and prevention of major chemical accidents (prerule)

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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