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OSHA Roundup for May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015


Newly introduced bipartisan legislation would codify OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs, making it permanent.

OSHA should investigate whether bus drivers have access to restroom facilities, a Washington D.C. representative says.

Maine might become the 28th state or territory to operate its own occupational safety and health program.

OSHA has updated its Heat Safety Tool phone app.

The new Hospital Respiratory Protection Program Toolkit from OSHA and NIOSH seeks to protect health care workers from transmissible diseases.

Notable proposed fines

$477,900 to a heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling product manufacturer’s Oklahoma facility for several violations, including machine guarding, lockout/tagout, respiratory protection, and hazardous chemical training

$161,100 to a bulk storage tank manufacturer in Wisconsin for allegedly exposing workers to hazardous levels of hexavalent chromium

$154,000 to a Florida roofing company for failing to install protective cages over skylights, one of which a roofer fell through to his death

$152,200 to nine different contractors working on a residential development in Florida for fall and personal protective equipment violations

$122,100 to a discount chain store in Delaware for allegedly blocking emergency exits with boxes and excess merchandise

$121,000 to two discount chain stores in Illinois for blocking exit routes and piling boxes dangerously high

$118,400 to a Cleveland-based aerospace and energy industries component manufacturer for guarding and lockout/tagout violations

$114,000 to a propane gas facility in Texas for propane maintenance and electrical wiring violations

$106,400 to a Missouri battery charger manufacturer for personal protective equipment and training violations related to the electrocution of an assembly technician

$70,700 to a Missouri manufacturer of industrial parts washers for a carbon monoxide exposure event that hospitalized 18 workers

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of May 26:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
264 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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