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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 7, 2015

December 7, 2015


Final rules on silica, injury and illness tracking, eye and face protection, and falls are expected to be published in early 2016, according to the latest OSHA regulatory agenda.

OSHA’s proposed rule on crane operator qualifications will likely be different from a draft version previously released, an agency official says.

OSHA administrator David Michaels will lead a public meeting Dec. 9 to discuss the agency’s updated Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines.

Are you in health care and looking for ways to protect workers from violence? Check out OSHA’s newly created webpage on the topic.

Notable proposed fines

$122,000 to a New Jersey flavoring and fragrance manufacturer for allegedly exposing employees to diacetyl hazards

$108,200 to a gutter and roof cleaning company in New Jersey for fall protection violations

$103,200 to a box manufacturer in Pennsylvania for lockout/tagout, guarding, powered industrial truck and failure-to-abate violations

$103,000 to an Illinois roofing contractor for fall protection violations at a residential framing project

$77,000 to a Delaware ice plant for allegedly failing to guard machinery, which resulted in an employee’s leg amputation

$47,000 to a cookie and cracker manufacturer’s Ohio plant for machine hazards after a worker suffered scalp injuries and lacerations when a machine caught her hairnet

$44,800 to a Minnesota-based concrete company for fall protection violations related to a worker’s traumatic injuries from plummeting 9 feet through a hole at a Milwaukee worksite

Happening this week

Dec. 8 – OSHA’s National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health’s Emergency Response and Preparedness Subcommittee meets to discuss potential rule

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Dec. 7:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
158 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (final rule)
63 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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