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OSHA's National Emphasis Program (NEP) is a series of programs released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration in order to protect the health and safety of workers in certain industries that have been determined to present higher risks to people and the environment. The program has been implemented in all states and territories where OSHA has direct jurisdiction. As of October 27, 2015 there are currently 11 active National Emphasis Programs, covering:

  • Combustible Dust
  • Federal Agencies
  • Hazardous Machinery
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Isocyanates
  • Lead
  • Primary Metal Industries
  • Process Safety Management
  • Shipbreaking
  • Silica
  • Trenching & Excavation

Of particular importance to the petroleum refining and chemical processing industries is the Process Safety Management NEP, which provides policies and procedures for reducing or eliminating workplace hazards associated with the catastrophic release of higly hazardous chemicals.

 

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released a new guide to help petroleum refiners comply with its Process Safety Management (PSM) standard (1910.119). The guide presents lessons learned from the petroleum...

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The Process Safety Management Rule (29 CFR 1910.119 - PSM) has long been recognized as a collection of interdependent requirements. In recent reviews of PSM programs by OSHA, it has been shown that two of the most cited elements in agency audits...

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