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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 14, 2015

December 14, 2015


Citing out-of-date permissible exposure limits on the federal level, Oregon OSHA announces its intentions to pursue rulemakings for as many as six chemicals.

Lawmakers debate recent OSHA actions, and whether the agency and its regulatory agenda is too “extreme.”

A new OSHA draft document outlines recommendations for staffing agencies and host employers to help ensure the safety of temporary workers.

Notable proposed fines

$462,000 to a chicken supplier for violations related to process safety management, bloodborne pathogens and gas cylinder storage at its processing facilities in Ohio

$178,640 for fall protection violations in connection to severe injuries suffered by a worker in a fall at a water tower in Wisconsin

$145,600 to a Massachusetts aerospace parts manufacturer for allegedly exposing workers to shock, laceration, amputation, trip, fall and struck-by hazards

$133,000 to a truck repair facility in Illinois for methylene chloride violations

$131,000 to an Ohio-based wire manufacturer for guarding, electrical and fall violations related to two separate finger amputations and an electrocution

$80,190 to a construction contractor for fall protection violations in connection with an employee falling to his death

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Dec. 14:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
165 Walking/Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (final rule)
70 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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