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OSHA Roundup for June 15, 2015

June 15, 2015


Employers should prepare for approaching hot-weather conditions, OSHA warns.

Flood cleanup sites have a number of hazards, and recently issued OSHA guidance offers tips to stay safe after the storm.

OSHA adopts a new concentration test for determining chemical threshold quantities under the Process Safety Management Standard.

Know someone with experience in maritime industry safety? Nominate them for OSHA’s Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

Notable proposed fines

$145,900 to an Illinois roofing contractor for fall protection and ladder violations

$111,500 to an Ohio steel mill for walking/working surfaces and lockout/tagout violations following a 17-year-old worker’s injuries suffered from a 12-foot fall

$106,000 to a boat manufacturer in Florida for allegedly exposing workers to a variety of hazards, including electrical hazards, broken forklifts in operation, an unsecured drill press, lack of machine guards and lack of stairway railings

$77,000 to a construction company and an automaker for violations related to a worker’s crushing death caused by a fallen conveyor carriage at a Missouri assembly plant

$46,000 to a Navy contractor and subcontractor for wire rope sling violations after a chain suspending a 7-ton buoy broke, and the buoy struck and killed two workers at a Hawaiian naval facility

Happening this week

June 17 – National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health temporary worker workgroup meeting

June 18 – NACOSH full committee meeting 

June 19 – Comments due on proposal to approve Maine as a State Plan

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of June 15:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
284 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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