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OSHA Roundup for April 6, 2015

April 6, 2015


OSHA underestimated the cost of its proposed silica standard by a factor of 10, an industry stakeholder coalition says.

With the help of a new database, stakeholders can now compare occupational safety and health rules unique to State Plan states.

California’s OSHA program sent a reminder to employers on protecting workers exposed to hot temperatures.

A new safety bulletin from OSHA and NIOSH intends to protect tobacco workers from nicotine poisoning.

Notable proposed fines

$102,180 to a Wisconsin metal fabricator for lockout/tagout violations after allegedly failing to use energy control procedures during die changes on punch presses

$77,000 to a New Jersey landscaper for trenching violations in connection with a cave-in that killed two workers

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of April 6:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
214 Occupational Exposure to Beryllium (proposed 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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