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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 15, 2016

February 15, 2016


President Barack Obama’s final OSHA budget request seeks to increase agency spending on enforcement, compliance assistance and whistleblower protection.

Senators spar with OSHA in a recent hearing over the agency’s priorities regarding compliance assistance and enforcement.

The OSHA-organized National Fall Prevention Safety Stand-Down has trained millions of workers, a new report says.

Oregon OSHA issued its Top 10 most frequently violated rules for 2015; find out what requirements topped the list.

Midwest manufacturers could see an increased OSHA presence as the agency rolls out outreach and enforcement to curb industry injuries and illnesses.

Do you know someone who works for the federal government and wants to improve public worker safety? Consider nominating them for OSHA’s Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health.

An updated OSHA hazard alert details precautions to take while using scissor lifts.

Notable proposed fines

$172,000 to a frozen specialty food supplier for three separate incidents at a Kansas facility in which two employees suffered amputations and a third employee suffered lacerations and burns due to unguarded conveyors

Happening this week

Feb. 18 – 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. 15:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
133 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (final rule)
56 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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