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OSHA roundup for Oct. 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

Review counter

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

# of Days
595 Silica (proposed rule)
314 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
96 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
39 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.


Federal OSHA can now legally inspect workplaces in the Aloha State alongside the Hawaii Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

A coalition group is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consult OSHA regarding the safety of a proposed rule that would increase poultry-processing line speeds.

Notable proposed fines

$126,700 (.pdf file) to an Ohio glass recycling company facility for allegations that workers were exposed to lead and other hazards.

$121,000 to a California-based store chain for 19 alleged process safety violations at its Houston, TX, distribution center.

$70,000 to an Arizona postal facility for alleged hazards related to powered industrial trucks.

$70,000 to a Milwaukee scrap processor that allegedly allowed workers to perform maintenance on a shredder without first locking out the machine.

$69,300 to a Chicago-based Home Depot for allegedly exposing employees to electrical hazards.

$68,500 to an Ohio construction firm that allegedly exposed workers to trenching hazards.

$67,320 to an Illinois computer company for alleged violations related to lead, chemical exposure, machine guarding and struck-by hazards.

$64,400 to an Ohio plastics company for alleged violations related to lockout/tagout and training.

Happening this week

Oct. 3 – The Chesapeake Region Safety Council’s 23rd Annual Safety and Health Conference in Laurel, MD.

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