OSHA Roundup for Oct. 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

Review counter

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

No. of Days
609 Silica (proposed rule)
328 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
110 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
53 Standards Improvement Project IV (pre-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.

Notable proposed fines

$89,000 under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities (.pdf file) to a Ohio nursing care facility for allegedly exposing workers to biological hazards.

$51,800 to a Wisconsin pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with a facility fire. The inspection was initiated under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on process safety management for chemical facilities (.pdf file).

$6,900 to a Maryland-based milling and paving company in connection with a heat-related fatality at a Washington, D.C., construction site.

Happening this week

Oct. 18 – Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health meeting (.pdf file) in Washington.

Oct. 20-25 – 2012 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Orlando.

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