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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 8, 2016

February 8, 2016


House Republican committee members call into question the Department of Labor’s candor regarding potential interaction with the National Labor Relations Board in regard to an OSHA guidance document.

A new OSHA webpage provides details on employer obligations for worker restroom facilities.

OSHA will delay enforcement of part of a new electrical safety rule until at least 2017.

Do you have thoughts on OSHA’s Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines? OSHA recently extended its comment period and scheduled a public meeting.

Notable proposed fines

$163,000 to a discount retail chain store in Missouri for blocked exits and fall hazards

$129,500 to an Ohio steel manufacturer for fall protection and personal protective equipment violations related to severe injuries a maintenance worker experienced in a 40-foot fall from a crane

$115,500 to an Illinois roofing contractor for fall hazards at two Chicago-area jobsites

$76,000 to a wood veneer manufacturer in Wisconsin for guarding and training violations following a worker suffering a partial amputation to a finger while unjamming a machine

$42,000 to a lawn care company in Pennsylvania for guarding violations after an employee’s toes were amputated while using a mower

$42,000 to a performing arts facility in Texas for training and hazard communication violations related to a fireworks explosion that killed a worker taking inventory

Happening this week

Feb. 11 – Deadline to request to speak at an upcoming Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health meeting

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Feb. 8:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
126 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (final rule)
49 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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