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OSHA Roundup for Jan. 28, 2013

January 28, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
714 Silica (proposed rule)
433 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
215 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.


The House and Senate subcommittees tasked with overseeing OSHA have selected their leaders for the 113th Congress.

Notable proposed fines

$83,300 to an Albany, NY, company for allegations of failing to conduct a proper risk assessment for workers tasked with removing roofing materials that contained asbestos

$54,000 to an Illinois pasta production facility for allegedly exposing workers to ammonia hazards

Happening this week

Jan. 24 to Feb. 28 – OSHA safety stand-down kicks off to promote safe and healthy work practices at the oil and gas exploration and production sites in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

Jan. 29 – Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee meeting (.pdf file) 

Feb. 1 – Employers’ OSHA 300A form required to be posted

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