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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 16, 2013

December 16, 2013


The Office of Management and Budget’s review of OSHA’s draft of an update to the Process Safety Management Standard is complete.

Whistleblowers can now file complaints via an electronic form from OSHA.

Notable proposed fines

$199,800 to a Houston pipe product manufacturer for guarding and lockout/tagout violations in connection with a worker’s struck-by injury

$112,068 to a Connecticut automotive metal forging company for alleged electrical, fall and combustion hazards

$105,490 to a Connecticut polystyrene foam core board manufacturer for Process Safety Management Standard violations

$99,000 to a Louisiana petrochemical plant in connection with an explosion that killed two workers

Review Counter

Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of Dec. 16:

# of Days OSHA Proposal
537 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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