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December 3, 2013
OSHA seeks public comment on standards to improve chemical process safety
The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA; Washington, D.C.; www.osha.gov
) has announced a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on potential revisions to its Process Safety Management standard and related standards, as well as other policy options to prevent major chemical incidents. The request is in response to Executive Order 13650, which seeks to improve chemical facility safety and security, issued in the wake of the April 2013 West, Texas tragedy that killed 15 in an ammonium nitrate explosion.
In addition to comments on its Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, OSHA seeks input on potential updates to its Explosives and Blasting Agents, Flammable Liquids and Spray Finishing standards, as well as potential changes to PSM enforcement policies. The agency also asks for information and data on specific rulemaking and policy options, and the workplace hazards they address. OSHA will use the information received in response to this RFI to determine what actions, if any, it may take.
After publication of the RFI in the Federal Register, the public will have 90 days to submit written comments. Once the RFI is published in the Federal Register, interested parties may submit comments at www.regulations.gov
, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Comments may also be submitted by mail or facsimile. To view the RFI, visit www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/OSHA PSM RFI.pdf
For more information, visit www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/index.html