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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 12, 2012

November 12, 2012

Review counter

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

# of Days
637 Silica (proposed rule)
356 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
138 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
81 Standards Improvement Project IV (pre-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 advises hurricane recovery and cleanup workers to take safety precautions.

House Republicans question the White House’s failure to release its regulatory agenda, which details the rulemaking every agency – including OSHA – is working on.

Notable proposed fines

$205,100 to an Ohio foundry for ignoring hearing conservation and respiratory protection program requirements

$142,100 (.pdf file) to an Illinois tank cleaning service for confined space violations

$140,000 to a Missouri utility in connection to a worker’s chainsaw-related death

$75,000 to a pipe manufacturer in Illinois for machine guarding hazards

$64,800 to a cabinet manufacturer in Texas for combustible dust and amputation hazards

$61,600 to a New York roofing contractor for allegations that its workers were exposed to deadly falls

$49,000 to a Rhode Island lawn care service in connection to an employee electrocution

Happening this week

Nov. 14-15 – National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health meeting

Nov. 16 – Deadline to submit comments or request to speak at Nov. 27-30 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

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