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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 15, 2014

December 15, 2014


An update to OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard is at least five years away, the agency chief said in testimony before two Senate committees last week.

If passed, a budget agreement could give OSHA a modest funding boost.

OSHA responded to stakeholder questions during a Twitter chat on its new injury and illness reporting requirements.

Job satisfaction among employees at OSHA and the Department of Labor improved in 2014, a new survey reveals.

Notable proposed fines

$169,000 to a Florida construction company for alleged excavation hazards

$161,000 to a Florida-based construction company for excavation violations in connection with a worker’s death during underwater construction activities

$126,000 to a Texas-based steel manufacturer for lockout/tagout-related violations, including a lack of training and inspections

$93,400 to a manufacturer in Illinois for machine guarding violations related to the crushing death of a machine operator

$45,500 to a Colorado meatpacking plant for machine guarding and lockout/tagout violations in connection with a worker who was killed when he was caught in a conveyor belt system

$30,900 to a Nebraska food producer for confined space violations in connection with the death of a worker who was found unresponsive in a tanker truck

Review Counter

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

# of Days OSHA Proposal
102 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
31 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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