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OSHA Roundup for May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Review counter

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

# of Days
826 Silica (proposed rule)
545 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
327 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 shuffles its money around because of the sequester to maintain enforcement funding.

Senate committee approves Thomas Perez’s nomination for secretary of labor.

Notable proposed fines

$119,700 (.pdf file) to a Chicago printing manufacturer for violations of standards covering flammable liquids, spray finishing, hazard communication, and eye protection during welding operations

$77,200 to an Illinois-based cleaning contractor in connection with a fall-related death of a worker

$60,200 to a Virginia-based construction company for flammable vapor hazards related to a flash fire that injured three workers

Happening this week

May 23 – Final rule applying the 2010 Cranes and Derricks Standard to the underground construction and demolition sectors goes into effect

May 23-24 – Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meeting (.pdf file)

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