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OSHA Roundup for March 7, 2016

March 7, 2016


The U.S. and Canadian occupational safety and health agencies are working together to minimize variances between their respective regulations on hazard communication, with a final work plan outlining coordination expected in June.

Despite warmer temperatures arriving, Michigan OSHA is warning workers to take care when walking and working around ice that may still exist on the jobsite.

Notable proposed fines

$189,000 to a Missouri dairy farm for electrical, confined space and amputation hazards stemming from an investigation into a fatal vehicle crash onsite

$67,270 to a Georgia meat processing facility for electrical, guarding and training violations stemming from an incident in which a hydraulic saw lacerated an employee’s abdomen

Happening this week

March 10 – Daylong roundtable meeting discussing OSHA’s draft update to its Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines

Review Counter

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

# of Days OSHA Proposal
154 Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses (final rule)
77 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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