Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of today:
|# of Days|
|784||Silica (proposed rule)|
|503||Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)|
|285||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.
The Protecting America’s Workers Act – which would provide the OSH Act’s first significant update – has been reintroduced in the Senate.
OSHA meets with the National Industrial Sand Association regarding the agency’s proposed silica rule.
President Barack Obama re-nominates Cynthia Attwood to serve on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
OSHA issues a combustible dust booklet for emergency responders.
Notable proposed fines
$115,500 to a Kansas roofing contractor in connection with an incident in which a worker fell from a roof, broke his neck and was paralyzed
$110,440 to an Illinois sewer and water contractor for allegations of failing to protect workers from a cave-in and moving soil and chunks of asphalt during trenching operations
$109,800 to a Houston-based precast firm for alleged electrical and fall hazards
$83,160 to a Georgia metal finishing company for allegations of workers being exposed to dangerous chemical levels