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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 11, 2013

February 11, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
728 Silica (proposed rule)
447 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
229 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

OSHA retains David Michaels as administrator.

A Senate proposal would require government agencies to assess the effect proposed and existing regulations have on the economy.

OSHA schedules a public hearing on proposed changes to its Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program.

Notable proposed fines

$274,500 to a Wisconsin iron foundry for allegedly exposing workers to respirable dust

$129,745 to a Pennsylvania soft drink company for alleged repeat violations of electrical hazards, and lack of noise and engineering controls, among other hazards

$123,000 to an upstate New York manufacturer of roof panels for allegations of a deficient process safety management program and other violations

Happening this week

Feb. 14 – A monthlong, OSHA-sponsored safety stand-down kicks off for the oil and gas industry in the Montana-North Dakota Bakken Basin.