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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 15, 2014

September 15, 2014


OSHA releases its final rule that requires employers to report all amputations and hospitalizations, and updates the list of industries exempt from recordkeeping. The final rule was announced just days after the Office of Management and Budget completed its review of the rule.

A proposed rule to update OSHA’s beryllium permissible exposure limit is under review.

William Perry is named the new director of OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance.

Nominations for the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health are being accepted.

Notable proposed fines

$294,000 to a roofing contractor in Connecticut for allegedly failing to use required fall protection for its employees

$264,700 to a New York ice plant for process safety management violations related to alleged inadequate safeguards to protect workers against potential ammonia releases

$234,960 to a condiment production facility in Alabama for accusations that it did not correct previously identified workplace hazards such as lack of guardrails and slick floors

$108,020 to an Illinois-based truck terminal for forklift and fall protection violations

$94,000 to an Ohio steel mill for guarding and lockout/tagout violations following a worker’s crushing injury

$70,000 to a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin for machine guarding violations following the partial amputation of a worker’s thumb

Happening this week

Sept. 16 – Unveiling of OSHA’s Top 10 most frequently cited violations and a keynote address by OSHA administrator David Michaels at the 2014 National Safety Councils Congress and Expo

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Sept. 15:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
11 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
153 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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