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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 11, 2013

November 11, 2013


OSHA proposes a rule requiring employers to electronically submit their injury and illness reports.

OSHA’s signage rules now are aligned with consensus standards through a direct final rule.

A series of “listening sessions” has begun in which OSHA and other agencies hear stakeholder input on improving chemical facility safety and security.

Notable proposed fines

$115,000 to a New Hampshire textiles company for allegedly exposing employees to hazards such as electrocution, burns, amputation and hearing loss, among others

$97,200 to two Dallas-based plastics employers in connection with the deaths of two employees struck by a forklift

$70,000 to a roofing company for violations related to failure to protect workers from falls in connection with the death of an employee in Nebraska

Happening this week

Nov. 14 – National voluntary Stand Down of U.S. Onshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 11:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
502 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
2 Process Safety Management and prevention of major chemical accidents (prerule)

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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