"OSHA Issues Major Chemical Safety Enforcement Guide Changes"

"A federal worker safety enforcement directive for refineries, chemical plants, and other facilities with large amounts of chemicals has received an overhaul for the first time in 30 years.

The new, 103-page enforcement document released Monday updates process safety management guidance to include US Occupational Safety and Health Administration advice and direction that’s been issued since the last update in 1994.

Process safety management, or PSM, covers how a wide range of facilities—from oil refineries to warehouses and ice cream plants—must handle large quantities of potentially dangerous chemicals.

The new enforcement document is written primarily for OSHA inspectors, but also alerts employers as to what policies and procedures the agency will expect from them."

Bruce Rolfsen reports for Bloomberg Environment January 29, 2024.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 01/30/2024