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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 8, 2014

December 8, 2014


Juliann Sum, acting Cal/OSHA chief for the last year, has been appointed to the full position.

OSHA’s new Ebola fact sheet includes a personal protective equipment selection matrix to assist workers.

Indiana’s Department of Labor offers tips on how to avoid carbon monoxide exposure.

Notable proposed fines

$241,680 to an Illinois bird food manufacturer for machine guarding and lockout/tagout violations in connection with a worker’s hand and arm being caught in moving machinery

$188,400 to an environmental consulting firm for lack of respirators and training following a worker’s death due to cardiac arrhythmia while cleaning oil residue from the inside of a rail car in Illinois

$181,800 to a Texas metal fabricator for alleged amputation and electrical hazards

$150,000 to a publisher and a staffing agency in Wisconsin for training, personal protective equipment and other violations following an incident in which a temporary worker suffered severe electrical shock injuries

$140,000 to a roofing company in Nebraska for failing to provide fall protection and training

$115,230 to four contractors over fall and electrocution hazards at a residential housing site in Yonkers, NY

$84,000 to a concrete plant in Milwaukee for lockout/tagout and safety procedure violations in connection with the crushing death of a worker

Happening this week

Dec. 10 – National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health meeting

Dec. 11 – OSHA Twitter chat on reporting requirements

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Dec. 8:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
95 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
24 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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