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OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on shipbreaking

Shipbreaking safe work practices
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Washington – OSHA has updated its National Emphasis Program on shipbreaking operations as part of a Memorandum of Agreement with several federal agencies.

Along with the Department of the Navy, the U.S. Maritime Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, OSHA agreed in 2015 to work together on safety and health inspections of government vessels that are being recycled. The NEP also focuses on reducing injuries and illnesses among Spanish-speaking workers, who are employed in high numbers in the shipbreaking industry.

The updated NEP replaces one issued in 2010, and will remain in effect until canceled or superseded by another instruction.

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