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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 10, 2012

December 10, 2012

Review counter

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

# of Days
665 Silica (proposed rule)
384 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
166 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.


OSHA’s general industry Lead Standard is inadequate to protect workers, according to a research group.

Construction safety campaign from OSHA’s Region 3 nets hundreds of citations.

OSHA issues a safety fact sheet for Hurricane Sandy cleanup workers.

Notable proposed fines

$283,500 to a New Jersey manufacturer for alleged lockout/tagout violations

$144,400 to a Nebraska grain storage facility for allegations that the employer allowed workers to enter grain bins while sweep augers were operating

$63,000 to an Ohio machine manufacturer in connection with a worker death

Happening this week

Dec. 10 – Final day to comment on an OSHA proposal (.pdf file) to broaden the exemption for digger derricks in the Cranes and Derricks Standard

Dec. 15 – Full enforcement of OSHA’s fall protection requirements for residential construction begins

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