Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of today:
|# of Days|
|728||Silica (proposed rule)|
|447||Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)|
|229||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 retains David Michaels as administrator.
A Senate proposal would require government agencies to assess the effect proposed and existing regulations have on the economy.
OSHA schedules a public hearing on proposed changes to its Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program.
Notable proposed fines
$274,500 to a Wisconsin iron foundry for allegedly exposing workers to respirable dust
$129,745 to a Pennsylvania soft drink company for alleged repeat violations of electrical hazards, and lack of noise and engineering controls, among other hazards
$123,000 to an upstate New York manufacturer of roof panels for allegations of a deficient process safety management program and other violations
Happening this week
Feb. 14 – A monthlong, OSHA-sponsored safety stand-down kicks off for the oil and gas industry in the Montana-North Dakota Bakken Basin.