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OSHA Roundup for March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
749 Silica (proposed rule)
468 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
250 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.


Sequester will result in hundreds of fewer OSHA inspections, White House says.

OSHA’s State Plan program needs improved monitoring, claims a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Notable proposed fines

$448,000 to a Minnesota guardrail installation company for the death of an employee who was electrocuted while putting up signs along a Wisconsin interstate

$229,600 to two Missouri companies for alleged violations associated with a worker who was overcome by exposure to methyl ethyl ketone and died

$41,300 to a Pennsylvania company in connection with the crushing death of an employee

Happening this week

March 6 – Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory Program public forum (.pdf file)

March 8 – Deadline for requests to speak at an Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meeting (.pdf file) on updating OSHA construction standards

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