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OSHA Roundup for March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014


Newly published letters of interpretation address several questions regarding OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard.

OSHA is seeking nominations for positions on its Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee.

The Senate confirms new Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission member Heather MacDougall.

Notable proposed fines

$117,000 to a Nebraska-based packaged food company for several violations related to a lack of proper guarding at a flour mill in Ohio

$57,000 to a Georgia-based construction company in connection with a worker’s fatal fall from scaffolding

Happening this week

March 18 to April 4 – A series of public hearings on OSHA’s proposed Silica Standard continues

March 26 – House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on the proposed Department of Labor budget

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of March 24:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
33 Recording and Reporting Requirements – NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions (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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