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OSHA's Latest National Emphasis Program (NEP)

Posted by Shivi Kakar

Jul 30, 2009 9:23:15 AM

Diego Tolosa, CHST

OSHA has unveiled its latest National Emphasis Program (NEP), the Process Safety Management (PSM) Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program. This program targets workplaces that could potentially release highly hazardous chemicals by evaluating their compliance of the PSM standard (29 CFR 1910.119). The only NAICS that has been excluded is 32411 (Petroleum refineries), which has been covered by the Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management NEP.

The PSM Covered Chemical Facilities NEP will be used for programmed inspections at sites selected for the NEP in Regions 1, 7, and 10, unprogrammed and site-specific targeted PSM inspections in all OSHA Regions (click here to view the regions). Some of areas that will be assessed during the inspection include:

• Contract Employer Compliance (maintenance or construction).
• Individual processes. Includes: operator(s), age of the system and nature and PPE selection.
• Documentation. Includes: list of PSM-covered processes, maximum intended inventories, unit flow diagrams, process narrative descriptions, Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and safe upper and lower operating limits and unit electrical classification diagrams.

For more information on the PSM Covered Chemical Facilities NEP, please refer to:
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Topics: OSHA, General Industry H&S, H&S Training, Hazardous Waste Management, HazCom, Compliance, MSDS, NAICS

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