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OSHA Roundup for Oct. 14, 2013

October 14, 2013


State-run occupational safety and health programs also are affected by the federal government shutdown.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) steps in to deliver OSHA-related news the agency couldn’t because of the shutdown.

Notable proposed fines

$118,300 to West Fertilizer Co. in connection with the deadly April explosion that killed 15 people and injured about 200

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 or serious bodily harm.

13 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. 14:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
692 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
474 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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