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OSHA Introduces National Emphasis Programs (NEP) for Crystalline Silica and Amputation

OSHA recently announced NEPs to address silica exposures in construction and general industry. OSHA revised the Amputation NEP which includes industries and equipment that cause amputation injuries. Concrete and Ready Mix facilities could potentially be inspected under these emphasis programs. OSHA allowed a 90 day outreach period prior to enforcement inspections being conducted under the emphasis programs. Inspections will be starting soon.

During the 90 day outreach period, OSHA has created a webinar program on both silica and amputation NEPs. This webinar, which was hosted on March 26th, 2020, is an opportunity for facilities to learn what the emphasis programs are, why an inspection would be conducted, what the compliance officer will be looking for and how to get assistance. Please click the links below to view the webinar and webinar slides. 

OSHA Webinar Video - March 26th, 2020

OSHA NEP on Amputations - Webinar Slides

OSHA NEP on Crystalline Silica - Webinar Slides

Silica Exposure in the Precast Concrete and Ready Mix Industry - Webinar Slides

To find out more information about the NEPs, please click the following links:

National Emphasis Program Directive - Respirable Crystalline Silica

National Emphasis Program Directive - Amputations in Manufacturing Industries

National Emphasis Program on Amputation - Resources

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Mary M. Bauer  CIH, CSP
Compliance Assistance Specialist
Eau Claire OSHA Office
1310 West Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire, WI  54701

Address: 10 E Doty Street, Suite 523 Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 441-1436

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