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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 1, 2016

February 1, 2016


The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health is seeking nominations for six upcoming vacancies.

Cynthia L. Attwood was designated and sworn in as chair of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Notable proposed fines

$188,760 to a Massachusetts roofing contractor for fall protection and scaffolding violations

$171,870 to an Alabama auto parts manufacturer for alleged amputation and slip hazards

$155,000 to a Texas frozen seafood distributor for multiple rule violations, including occupational noise and process safety management

$121,000 to an Ohio fastener manufacturing facility for amputation risks

$77,000 to a Colorado mattress spring manufacturer for guarding violations following an employee’s hospitalization after being pulled into a machine that compresses, rolls and wraps finished innerspring pads

$25,200 to an Ohio bathtub refinishing company for hazardous chemical violations, including medical surveillance and respiratory protection, in connection with a worker being killed from acute methylene chloride exposure while deglazing a bathtub

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Feb. 1:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
119 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (final rule)
42 Silica (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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