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OSHA Seeks Input on PSM Standard

Posted in on Fri, Dec 20, 2013

In response to President Obama’s Executive Order 13650, Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/01/executive-order-improving-chemical-facility-safety-and-security), OSHA has published a Request for Information requesting comments on potential revisions to its Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, its Explosives and Blasting Agents standard, potential updates to its Flammable Liquids and Spray Finishing standard, and potential changes to PSM enforcement policies.  OSHA specifically asks for information and data on specific rulemaking and policy options, and the workplace hazards they address.  OSHA will use the information received to determine what action, if any, it may take.  Comments are due March 10, 2014.    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-09/html/2013-29197.htm

OSHA’s press release –

December 3, 2013

US Labor Department seeks public comment
on agency standards to improve chemical safety    

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a request for information 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 RFI 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 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 http://www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/OSHA_PSM_RFI.pdf.  For more information, visit www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/index.html.

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