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Local emphasis program in Nebraska: New OSHA program will focus on Nebraska companies using highly hazardous chemicals

Posted Date: 
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

This news update discussing the local emphasis program in Nebraska is brought to you by OSHA

To educate employers and workers about highly hazardous chemicals, including formaldehyde and methylene chloride, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is launching a local emphasis program in Nebraska. The program will include programmed health inspections at funeral homes, chemical and product manufacturing plants, printing facilities and outpatient care centers.

"This local emphasis program will allow OSHA to use its resources efficiently by focusing on industries that are known to use these types of highly hazardous chemicals," said Bonita Winingham, area director for OSHA in Omaha. "Through this program, OSHA will improve education for company management and strengthen worker protections."

Due to the increased health risks related to some chemicals, OSHA has created chemical-specific regulations known as expanded health standards. These regulations include exposure limits and monitoring requirements.

Industry sectors were selected for inspection based on recorded violations of these expanded health standards and the frequency of inspection in 2013.

For more information on the local emphasis program in Nebraska please visit the OSHA link above. Please contact Nexreg for Regulatory Services

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