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OSHA Roundup for March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015


On the 10-year anniversary of the BP refinery explosion in Texas City, TX, OSHA says current regulations need revising.

Are you ready for an OSHA inspection? Find out how to prepare for when an inspector knocks on your door.

OSHA seeks nominations for membership on its Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health.

Stakeholders are receiving an additional six months to comment on OSHA’s Request for Information on chemical management and permissible exposure limits.

Notable proposed fines

$305,300 to a Chicago steel storage manufacturer and a staffing firm for a variety of violations of several standards, including lockout/tagout, hazard communication and personal protective equipment

$184,000 to a Florida roofing contractor for fall protection and eye protection violations

$119,900 to a Florida construction contractor for allegedly exposing its workers to 200-foot falls and silica dust

$107,900 to a steel facility in Alabama for lockout/tagout violations in connection with an explosion that killed two workers

$67,900 to a Pennsylvania roofing contractor for electrical hazards contributing to the electrocution of a worker

Happening this week

March 31 to April 1 – 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 March 30:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
207 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed rule)
137 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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