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OSHA Roundup for Aug. 10, 2015

August 10, 2015


An OSHA proposed rule would reduce the beryllium permissible exposure limit by 90 percent.

Maine becomes the newest State Plan state.

Confused about employee training requirements? All of the requirements can be found in a recently updated OSHA guidance document.

A new OSHA fact sheet details how employers can protect agricultural workers on all-terrain vehicles.

Employers should take steps to maintain emergency eyewash stations to ensure water does not become contaminated, OSHA states in an updated resource.

Notable proposed fines

$207,600 to a metal stamping facility in Wisconsin for guarding, lockout/tagout and reporting violations after an employee’s finger was amputated on a spot-welding machine

$162,400 to a steel manufacturer following several violations at its Ohio facilities, including falls, improper chemical labeling and a lack of protective equipment

$156,800 to a Louisiana trucking company for fall protection, noise, respiratory, silica and training violations

$63,000 to a Wisconsin packaging plant for allegedly exposing workers to machine hazards, stemming from an inspection prompted by an employee injury complaint

$60,000 to an Ohio traffic control sign manufacturer for guarding and lockout/tagout violations related to the amputation of an employee’s hand

$48,900 to a plastics facility in Ohio for personal protective equipment, lockout/tagout, fall and housekeeping violations found after an employee suffered burns to his face, eyes and hands while cleaning a mold in a press

Happening this week

Aug. 10 – Deadline to request to speak at a Sept. 2 MACOSH meeting 

Aug. 12 – Michigan OSHA’s Take a Stand Day

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Aug. 10:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
39 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (final 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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