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OSHA's Narrowed PSM Retail Exemption Now On HoldIn a regulatory interpretation issued July 22, 2015, OSHA narrowed the exemption from its Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard for retail facilities. Before this memo was issued, OSHA’s PSM “retail exemption” applied to facilities that “generate more than 50% of their income from direct sales of chemicals to end users.”
Know Your Safety Agency: The CSBThe US Chemical and Hazard Investigation Board, or CSB, made headlines this year when its chairman resigned amid controversy. President Obama appointed, and the US Senate confirmed, a new chairperson in March. As the new Chair-former Chief Counsel for PHMSA, Vanessa Sutherland-begins her term, the time is right to ask: What exactly is the CSB, and what does it do?
Some “Retail Facilities” No Longer Exempt from OSHA PSM RequirementsIn a new Interim Enforcement Policy, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced on July 22, 2015 that certain employers will no longer be exempted from compliance requirements under the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard for highly hazardous chemicals at 29 CFR 1910.119...
EPA Risk Management Plan RulesIn 1990, the Clean Air Act was amended to mandate that the US EPA and OSHA develop regulations and guidance for chemical accident prevention. In response, OSHA created its Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements and EPA created regulations requiring companies that use certain regulated chemicals to develop a Risk Management Plan (RMP)...
OSHA Standard for Accidental Release PreventionIn response to high-profile industrial accidents, such as the Richmond, California refinery fire, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has called for changes to accidental release prevention regulations in the US. The CSB is pressing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...
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