Below is a count of how many days recent OSHA proposals have been under review, as of today:
|No. of Days|
|609||Silica (proposed rule)|
|328||Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)|
|110||Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)|
|53||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.
Notable proposed fines
$89,000 under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities (.pdf file) to a Ohio nursing care facility for allegedly exposing workers to biological hazards.
$51,800 to a Wisconsin pharmaceutical manufacturer in connection with a facility fire. The inspection was initiated under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on process safety management for chemical facilities (.pdf file).
$6,900 to a Maryland-based milling and paving company in connection with a heat-related fatality at a Washington, D.C., construction site.
Happening this week
Oct. 18 – Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health meeting (.pdf file) in Washington.
Oct. 20-25 – 2012 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Orlando.
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