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OSHA Roundup for June 1, 2015

June 1, 2015


OSHA rules on beryllium, walking/working surfaces, and injury reporting are expected to be issued during the next few months.

The Department of Labor has issued proposed guidance on an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose violations of OSHA and other labor laws.

The DOL Office of Inspector General is conducting audits on three OSHA programs.

Two senators call on OSHA to do more to protect nail-salon workers.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility uses OSHA inspection data to create an archive of chemical exposure readings.

Notable proposed fines

$121,000 to a New York contractor for demolition violations that led to the death of a 46-year-old worker at a Staten Island auto dealership

$70,000 to an Ohio metal stamping plant for guarding violations related to a worker’s finger being crushed between weld clamps

$56,000 to a Georgia sawmill for machine guarding violations in connection with a worker’s arm being amputated when caught in the drive shaft of a conveyor belt

Happening this week

June 1 – Deadline for manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers to comply with revised Hazard Communication Standard

June 2 – Deadline for submitting applications for a Susan Harwood Training Grant 

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of June 1:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
270 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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