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OSHA Roundup for Dec. 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

Review counter

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

# of Days
672 Silica (proposed rule)
391 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
173 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.


Three national nonprofit safety organizations push Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) to maintain the budget levels for OSHA and NIOSH.

In its third extension of temporary enforcement measures, OSHA has again delayed full enforcement of its residential fall protection requirements.

OSHA seeks comment on a proposal to streamline construction industry standards.

Notable proposed fines

$170,500 to a Ohio steel mill for allegations of machine guarding and electrical box violations

$134,000 collectively to a Texas meat product producer and a janitorial subcontractor for process safety management violations as part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program

$115,500 to an Ohio excavator in connection with a sewer trench collapse that killed one person and injured another

$99,000 to a Texas processing and wholesale facility for allegations of exposing workers to hazardous chemicals

$82,900 to a Houston-based manufacturer for allegedly exposing workers to chemical and electrical hazards, as well as unguarded machinery

Happy holidays

Due to the upcoming holidays, OSHA Roundup will return Jan. 7. Have a safe and happy winter season.

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