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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 30, 2015

November 30, 2015


Elements of an OSHA proposed rule on emergency response and preparedness will be discussed at an upcoming National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health subcommittee meeting.

Notable proposed fines

$181,500 to a metal cabinet manufacturer in New Jersey for welding, electrical and guarding violations

$123,200 to a New York cemetery operator for excavation violations after a gravedigger was seriously injured in a grave engulfment

$112,200 to a Wisconsin roofing contractor for repeatedly failing to provide workers with fall protection

$103,600 to a metal stamping plant in Ohio for lockout/tagout and other violations stemming from the amputation of a power press operator’s three fingers

$76,300 to a construction company and subcontractor for violations related to the fatal fall of a worker at a construction site in Texas

$7,000 to a gasoline retailer in Central New York for allegations it failed to protect a worker who was shot in the leg during a robbery

Happening this week

Dec. 1 – Deadline to submit requests to attend or submit comments for a Dec. 8 meeting of OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee

Dec. 1 – Deadline for distributors to comply with labeling provisions under OSHA’s updated Hazard Communication Standard

Dec. 1-2 – OSHA’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health and its working groups to meet in Washington

Dec. 1-2 – OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health, and a subcommittee and working group, to meet in Washington

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 30:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
151 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (final rule)
56 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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