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OSHA Roundup for Feb. 4, 2013

February 4, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
721 Silica (proposed rule)
440 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
222 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 is sponsoring a safety stand-down for the Southern oil and gas industry this month.

OSHA releases its 2013 plan for inspecting federal workplaces.

Be wary of carbon monoxide exposure, OSHA warns.

HELP Committee chair Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) resigns.

Notable proposed fines

$459,844 to a Pennsylvania industrial painting company for allegations it exposed its workers to lead and other safety and health hazards

$8,820 to an Ohio roofing company in connection to a heat stroke-related death of a worker

Happening this week

Feb. 4 – Deadline to submit comments for OSHA’s Standards Improvement Project – Phase IV

Feb. 5 – Informal stakeholder meetings to discuss the risks of backover injuries in various industries, and how they could be prevented

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