OSHA Issues National Emphasis Program for Chemical Facilities

OSHA Issues National Emphasis Program for Chemical Facilities

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) for chemical facilities to protect workers from catastrophic releases of highly hazardous chemicals.

The intent of the NEP is to conduct focused inspections at facilities randomly selected from a list of worksites likely to have highly hazardous chemicals in quantities covered by the standard.

OSHA’s Safety and Health Topics Web page on Process Safety Management contains guidance on how to develop a process hazard analysis and OSHA requirements for preventing the release of hazardous chemicals.