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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 3, 2012

December 3, 2012

Review counter

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

# of Days
658 Silica (proposed rule)
377 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
159 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.

News

The Office of Management and Budget has completed a review of Standards Improvement Project IV, a rule that would update and streamline several construction standards.

Several free OSHA guidance documents have been updated.

Notable proposed fines

$545,000 to an Ohio chemical facility in connection to the release of hazardous materials that led to a plant evacuation and closure of a nearby interstate

$165,900 to a Mississippi phosphate producer in connection to the deaths of two workers, both of whom were killed when struck by flying metal debris in separate incidents

$130,900 (.pdf file) to a warehouse company in New Jersey for allegations that include fall hazards and allowing workers to ride on forklifts

$118,000 to a New York bakery for alleged hazards such as inadequate machine guarding and a lack of lockout/tagout procedures

$77,000 to a Georgia chemical manufacturer in connection with a plant explosion

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