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OSHA seeking feedback on draft Process Safety Management Standard guidance

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Washington – OSHA is seeking public comment on three chemical facility safety guidance documents regarding the agency’s Process Safety Management Standard. The documents pertain to pyrotechnics manufacturing, small businesses and storage facilities.

In August 2013, President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13650, which directed the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency to lead a government workgroup to identify ways to reduce safety and security risks associated with chemicals covered under the PSM standard. The order was issued following a series of chemical facility incidents. The working group issued a progress report in May 2014 and an update in June 2015.

Comments on the draft guidance are due Sept. 23.

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