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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 2, 2013

December 2, 2013


OSHA’s proposed Injury and Illness Prevention Program Standard and Combustible Dust Standard both have been delayed, the latest regulatory agenda shows.
A new OSHA fact sheet addresses abrasive blasting hazards.

Notable proposed fines

$165,200 to a Connecticut construction company for a variety of violations related to a crane collapse
$107,910 to a construction company based in American Samoa for fall protection violations in connection with a worker’s death
$77,000 to an Ohio paper mill in connection with the death of a worker who was struck by an overhead machine
$55,800 to an Ohio concrete company in connection with the death of a worker engulfed in a fly-ash storage silo
$49,700 to an industrial plating company for a variety of violations related to the struck-by death of a worker in Texas

Happening this week

Dec. 5 – Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health meets in Washington
Dec. 5-6 – Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meets in Washington

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Dec. 2:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
523 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
23 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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