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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 9, 2015

November 9, 2015


OSHA fines will nearly double and be allowed to increase with inflation, thanks to a provision included in a congressional budget deal signed last week.

A new study suggests citations and penalties can help reduce workplace injuries, prompting OSHA to tout its enforcement program.

California health care employers will have to adopt a workplace violence prevention program, according to a new regulation proposed by the state’s occupational safety and health standards board.

A recently launched Regional Emphasis Program will focus on poultry industry employers in four southern states.

OSHA’s webpage on hazard communication has been updated to include a new design providing easier access to guidance documents and frequently asked questions.

Notable proposed fines

$393,500 to an Ohio steel plant for fall protection, lockout/tagout and electrical violations stemming from an injury in which a crane’s safety latch failed and 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a worker

$105,000 to a roofing contractor in North Dakota for fall protection violations found during an inspection prompted by a forklift platform tip-over that seriously injured a worker

$103,600 to a Wisconsin food product manufacturer for lockout/tagout, confined space, electrical and chemical violations

Happening this week

Nov. 9-10 – Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee meetings

Nov. 13 – Deadline to submit requests to speak at Dec. 1-2 Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meetings 

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 9:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
130 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (final rule)
35 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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