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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 1, 2014

December 1, 2014


The latest semiannual regulatory agenda lists confined spaces, crane operator qualifications and beryllium as OSHA rules to be published in 2015.

OSHA is scheduled to host a Twitter chat next week on its new injury reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Safety standards are weakened when small businesses are left out of the rulemaking process, a new report warns.

Notable proposed fines

$156,310 to a stone fabricator in Texas for exposing workers to crushing hazards

Happening this week

Dec. 2 – Deadline to submit request to speak at a Dec. 10 National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health meeting

Dec. 3 and 4 – Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meeting

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Dec. 1:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
88 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
17 Confined Spaces in Construction (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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