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OSHA Roundup for Aug. 18, 2014

August 18, 2014


For its proposed injury reporting rule, OSHA is considering amendments that would make it a violation for employers to discourage employee reporting of injuries and illnesses.

California’s OSHA program proposes revisions to its Heat Illness Prevention Standard.

Notable proposed fines

$134,400 to a chemical terminal facility in Illinois for ineffective hazardous chemical training, guardrail and sanitation violations

$78,000 to a Brooklyn hospital for allegedly failing to protect employees from workplace violence following numerous incidents of patients and visitors physically assaulting staff, including a nurse who sustained severe brain injuries

$74,900 to a film production company for an alleged lack of a safety plan in connection with the death of a camera assistant in Georgia

$58,800 to an Ohio food box manufacturer for machine guarding and energy control violations in connection to two worker injuries

Happening this week

Aug. 19-20 – Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health meeting

Aug. 20 – Deadline for requests to speak at an upcoming Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee meeting

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Aug. 18:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
180 Recording and Reporting Requirements – NAICS Update and Reporting Revisions (final rule)
125 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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