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OSHA Roundup for Nov. 26, 2012

November 25, 2012

Review counter

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

# of Days
651 Silica (proposed rule)
370 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
152 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
95 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.


Beth Slavet is appointed as OSHA’s new Whistleblower Protection Program director.

Notable proposed fines

$74,000 to a Connecticut urethane coating and laminate fabric manufacturer in connection to the hospitalization of four workers injured in a machine fire

$29,400 to a crane operator in connection with a crane collapse at the University of Texas at Dallas that killed two workers and injured six others

Happening this week

Nov. 27-30 – Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health meeting

Nov. 28 – OSHA hosts public meeting (.pdf file) to discuss proposals for the 24th session of the United Nations Subcommittee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals


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