Federal agencies

Local Emphasis Program focuses on hazardous chemicals in Nebraska

Omaha, NE – OSHA has re-launched a Local Emphasis Program to target Nebraska employers that use various hazardous chemicals.

The LEP focuses on general-industry establishments in which employees may be exposed to OSHA-regulated chemicals such as formaldehyde or methylene chloride. Targeted worksites will be in specific industries with a history of violating OSHA health standards, including funeral homes, chemical and product manufacturing plants, printing facilities, and outpatient care centers.

Some hazardous chemicals and worksites are exempt from the LEP because they are covered by existing emphasis programs, including hexavalent chromium and nursing homes.

The LEP – set to expire Sept. 30, 2015 – will include inspections and outreach efforts intended to educate employers on chemical hazards and strengthen worker protections.