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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 18, 2013

February 18, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
735 Silica (proposed rule)
454 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
236 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.


I2P2 will remain OSHA’s No. 1 priority, agency chief David Michaels says.

OSHA moves forward with a digger-derrick exemption for its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard with a notice of proposed rulemaking.

OSHA issues technical amendments for its Hazard Communication Standard.

Mandatory settlement talks help, according to a study evaluating the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission’s mediation process.

Notable proposed fines

$192,000 to a Florida alcohol manufacturer in connection with the death of a temporary worker, who was crushed on his first day on the job

$129,500 to a Dallas tortilla manufacturing facility for allegations of repeat safety violations that include failure to provide quick-drench eyewash facilities and failure to ensure proper polarity for electrical receptacles and use of protective footwear

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