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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 16, 2015

November 16, 2015


OSHA is seeking comment on a draft guidance document intended to help employers develop whistleblower anti-retaliation programs.

Notable proposed fines

$407,400 to plaster and stucco contractors in Dallas for fall protection and personal protective equipment violations in response to the fatal fall of a worker from an unguarded balcony

$84,000 to a New York recycling facility for powered industrial truck violations after a worker was struck by a forklift and fractured his leg

$63,000 to a Texas health food supplement manufacturer and a staffing employer for guarding violations after a worker’s hand was amputated in a machine

Happening this week

Nov. 20 – National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s Temporary Workers Work Group meeting 

Nov. 20 – Deadline to submit requests to speak at Dec. 1-2 meetings of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 16:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
137 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (final rule)
42 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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