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OSHA Roundup for March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015


Chemical mixture manufacturers who fail to meet the requirements of OSHA’s new Safety Data Sheet and labeling rules may avoid citations if they have exercised “good faith.”

Witnesses at a congressional hearing debated whether an Executive Order regarding violators of safety rules and the awarding of federal contracts would result in a “blacklist” or a “red flag.”

OSHA settles a case regarding new electrical safety rules and issues a series of memos.

Stone countertop workers are at risk of developing silica-related diseases, a new OSHA/NIOSH hazard alert warns.

Notable proposed fines

$133,540 to a wood pallet manufacturing facility in Ohio for exposing workers to alleged amputation and explosion hazards stemming from lockout/tagout and combustible dust violations

$65,900 to a Kansas grain bin facility for lockout/tagout and guarding violations related to a worker’s injury and subsequent toe amputations after an auger he was cleaning inadvertently started

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of March 2:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
179 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
108 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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