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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 25, 2013

November 25, 2013


A new direct final rule will align aspects of OSHA’s Mechanical Power Presses Standard with a voluntary consensus standard.

OSHA has scheduled a Jan. 9 meeting for stakeholders to discuss a proposed rule that would require many employers to regularly submit their injury data.

Coalition renews call on OSHA to regulate poultry line speeds.

Notable proposed fines

$169,000 to an Ohio-based retail chain for several alleged hazards found at a New York store, including blocked exit routes and aisles, improperly stacked boxes, and lack of training

$158,015 to a roofing company in Illinois for alleged fall hazards found at three different jobsites

$121,720 to a Buffalo, NY food manufacturing plant for alleged electrical and fall hazards, as well as alleged deficiencies in its process safety management program

$108,080 to a Bronx, NY, refrigerator refurbishing company for allegedly failing to correct previously cited safety and health violations

Happening this week

Nov. 29 – Deadline to submit requests to speak at a Dec. 5 Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health meeting in Washington

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Nov. 25:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
516 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
16 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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