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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 2, 2015

November 2, 2015


A delay in enforcing an OSHA interpretation requiring formerly exempt establishments to comply with process safety management rules has spurred Republican congressmen to call for the agency to begin a formal rulemaking.

Michigan OSHA is rolling out a new settlement program that could give employers cited with violations a 50 percent reduction in penalties.

OSHA is seeking nominees for membership in its Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health.

The Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee will meet next week.

Notable proposed fines

$113,300 to a discount retail store in Pennsylvania for means of egress and fire extinguisher violations

$70,000 to a Lockport, NY-based landscape employer for guarding violations that contributed to the death of a worker, killed when he was struck by a rock shot out of a grass clipping discharge chute of a riding lawnmower.

Happening this week

Nov. 2 – Deadline to submit a request to speak at an upcoming Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee meeting 

Nov. 5 – Deadline to submit comments for OSHA’s proposed beryllium rule 

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 2:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
123 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (final rule)
28 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (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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