OSHA updates chemical facility NEP
Washington – OSHA on Nov. 30 issued a new National Emphasis Program (.pdf file) for chemical facilities.
The NEP, which replaces OSHA’s 2009 pilot program (.pdf file) for facilities covered by the Process Safety Management Standard (1919.119), applies to all OSHA regions and State Plan states. Changes between the two programs include a reduction in program requirements, as well as the number of facility categories and programmed inspections. OSHA also must verify that companies being inspected have abated any previous PSM violations.