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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 4, 2013

November 4, 2013


State governments should create solutions to several problems with whistleblower protections in the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Center for Effective Government claims.

Oregon OSHA is calling on high school students to submit safety videos for a public service announcement contest.

Notable proposed fines

$147,600 to an Ohio manufacturer for several alleged amputation hazards

$136,400 to an Ohio tile manufacturer for allegations it failed to abate previous violations, including those related to engineering controls

$115,000 to an Ohio automobile fabric manufacturer for lockout and guarding violations, among others

$113,400 to an Arkansas trucking company for fall- and respirator-related violations

$51,480 to an Illinois sheet metal producer in connection with a dust collector explosion and fire that injured two workers

$14,000 total to a ship repair company and a staffing company in connection with a worker’s death due to excessive heat while cleaning debris on the deck of a U.S. Navy vessel in Virginia

Happening this week

Nov. 5 – Deadline to submit nominations for the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 4:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
713 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
495 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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