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Overview of OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP)

OSHA's National Emphasis Program (NEP) is a series of programs released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administation 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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              Inspectioneering Staff, September 13, 2017

              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 refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program.

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              OSHA, July 15, 2015

              In November 2014, a worker was overcome at a DuPont chemical manufacturing facility when a supply line unexpectedly released more than 20,000 lbs. of methyl mercaptan, a deadly chemical. Three co-workers came to the worker's aid in an attempted rescue, but all four were asphyxiated fatally by the colorless, flammable, and highly toxic gas.


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