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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 8, 2015

September 8, 2015


An Alabama roofing contractor convicted of lying to OSHA about providing fall protection to his workers must serve three years of supervised probation and 30 hours of community service.

OSHA announces Susan Harwood grant recipients, and defends the program in light of a congressional proposal to cut its funding.

Confused about requirements under OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard? Check out a free webinar on Sept. 9 from the agency and the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication on OSHA’s inspection procedures.

A potential review of Wyoming’s OSHA program was shelved by a state congressional committee.

Notable proposed fines

$244,000 to a flooring materials company in Nebraska for a variety of violations – including lockout/tagout and guarding – following a worker’s finger amputation and amid allegations that the employer attempted to conceal hazardous equipment from inspectors

$141,100 to a plastics manufacturer in Georgia for guarding violations, among others, following the amputation of two workers’ fingers in separate incidents

$114,800 to a Texas chemical processing manufacturer for several chemical safety violations, including failing to conduct a process hazard analysis and a lack of written procedures for chemical processing emergencies

$50,400 to a Texas bowling center for guarding violations related to a maintenance worker’s strangulation after his shirt collar was caught in a pinsetter

$42,000 to a metal recycling facility in Wisconsin for head protection and powered industrial truck violations in connection with a forklift fatally striking a maintenance manager

$13,600 to a New Jersey hospital for allegedly failing to protect workers from violent patients’ assaults

Happening this week

Sept. 9 – National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee inaugural meeting

Sept. 9 – Free OSHA webinar on inspection procedures under the updated Hazard Communication Standard

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Sept. 8:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
68 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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