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OSHA Roundup for Oct. 13, 2014

October 13, 2014


OSHA formally requests stakeholder input on preventing worker exposure to hazardous chemicals.

An industrial abrasives manufacturer recommends the construction industry be exempt from OSHA’s proposed beryllium rule.

OSHA launches a vehicle-related struck-by Regional Emphasis Program in four Midwest states.

Notable proposed fines

$355,300 to a general contractor and a roofing subcontractor for a variety of fall protection, ladder and personal protective equipment violations at two Florida residential construction sites

$134,000 to a chemical facility in Ohio for process safety management and maintenance violations in connection with an employee being killed when a heated chemical mixture erupted onto him

$107,100 to a construction contractor for allegations it exposed workers to high lead levels at a Connecticut renovation site

$62,200 to a Connecticut stair and cabinet manufacturer in connection with the amputation of an employee’s fingers

$56,000 to a Cincinnati manufacturing plant for machine guarding and lockout/tagout violations following an incident in which a worker was seriously injured when caught in unguarded rollers

Happening this week

Oct. 14 – OSHA-led workshop on telecommunication industry safety 

Oct. 14 – Deadline to comment on amendments to OSHA’s proposed injury reporting rule 

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Oct. 13:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
39 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed 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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