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OSHA Roundup for Oct. 7, 2013

October 7, 2013


The federal government shuts down because of a funding dispute, and most OSHA workers are furloughed.

Twitter reacts to the government shutdown’s effect on OSHA.

OSHA’s top 10 most frequently violated standards for fiscal year 2013 are revealed at this year’s National Safety Council Congress & Expo.

OSHA launches certification program for local and state government workers.

Notable proposed fines

$171,100 to a rail car maker in Champlain, NY, for health violations related to alleged amputation and guarding hazards, as well as inadequate personal protective equipment

$67,000 to a Vestal, NY-based pipe manufacturer for violations in connection with the struck-by death of a worker

Happening this week

Oct. 10 – Safety Day 2013, sponsored by OSHA and taking place in Chippewa Falls, WI

Government shutdown

The federal government shutdown has reduced OSHA staffing levels to 10 percent of pre-shutdown levels. Most activities – including compliance assistance and inspections – have stopped. Until the government shutdown ends, the agency only will respond to fatal workplace incidents or catastrophes, or whistleblower complaints of workers being in imminent danger of death of serious bodily harm.

6 days since the shutdown began.

Review Counter

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

# of Days OSHA Proposal
685 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
467 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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