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OSHA Roundup for April 13, 2015

April 13, 2015


OSHA updates its guidance on preventing workplace violence in the health care and social services industries.

The White House completes its review of OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction Standard.

Two of OSHA’s whistleblower protection resources are now available in Spanish.

Notable proposed fines

$294,500 to a Massachusetts home improvement company and its owner for scaffolding violations related to a collapse that injured three roofers

$165,200 to a Texas manufacturer for violations related to guarding, noise and hazard communication

$160,200 to a Kansas aluminum foundry for process safety management and hearing protection violations following a complaint on the unsafe use of chlorine gas

$97,200 to an oil company for failing to thoroughly clean a container of oil residue in connection with the death of a worker in North Dakota, in which his welding torch ignited vapor inside a water hauling tank, causing an explosion

Happening this week

April 13 – Comments on OSHA’s proposed revisions to eye and face protection rules due

April 14-15 – Michigan Safety Conference

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of April 13:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
221 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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