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OSHA Roundup for Oct. 22, 2012

October 22, 2012

Review counter

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

# of Days
616 Silica (proposed rule)
335 Modernizing OSHA’s reporting system for injuries and illnesses (proposed rule)
117 Electric power transmission and distribution; electrical protective equipment (final rule)
60 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 is conducting a survey soliciting feedback on its heat illness prevention campaign.

Notable proposed fines

$69,300 to a Georgia recycling firm for violations in connection with an amputation

$51,000 to an auto parts supplier for amputation hazards at an Ohio facility

$5,040 to a Texas-based turf installer in connection to the heat-related death of an employee who was resurfacing a football practice field at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville

Happening this week

Oct. 20-25 – 2012 National Safety Council Congress & Expo in Orlando

Oct. 22 – Deadline to submit comments on federal agencies’ possible use of a performance-based regulatory model

The opinions expressed in "Washington Wire" do not necessarily reflect those of the National Safety Council or affiliated local Chapters.

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