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OSHA Roundup for Sept. 9, 2013

September 9, 2013


A coalition of 15 advocacy groups petition OSHA to set a standard limiting line speeds in poultry and meatpacking facilities.

A new coalition composed of construction trade associations intends to work with OSHA on developing a final silica rule.

OSHA – along with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – issue a chemical advisory on ammonium nitrate hazards.

Notable proposed fines

$262,000 to an Illinois paint product manufacturer for locked door and blocked exit violations stemming from an explosion and fire in which three workers were injured

$185,560 to a paper and cardboard manufacturer in Wisconsin for violations related to the ignition of flammable vapors that severely burned a worker

$51,800 to a St. Louis industrial steel manufacturer in connection with an employee’s electrocution

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Sept. 9:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
657 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
439 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (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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