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OSHA Roundup for June 9, 2014

June 9, 2014


OSHA releases a status update on what agencies have done and are planning to do to improve chemical facility safety and security.

OSHA is considering a rule to improve emergency responder safety, and seeks stakeholder input.

Notable proposed fines

$286,200 to a Houston cement mixer for lockout/tagout and occupational noise violations, among others, following a worker’s injury from an unguarded power tool

$217,000 to a discount chain store in Montana for alleged blocked exits and unsecure helium gas cylinders, among other violations

$91,300 to a Houston sawmill for unguarded machine violations in the struck-by death of a worker

$77,000 to a Texas conveyor manufacturer for allegedly exposing workers to amputation and struck-by hazards in connection with a worker’s death

$72,450 to a steel fabrication shop in Boston for allegedly failing to adequately brace and support steel bridge arch beams, one of which fell and fatally crushed a worker

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of June 9:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
110 Recording and Reporting Requirements – NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions (final rule)
55 Chemical Management and Permissible Exposure Limits (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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