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December 14, 2013

OSHA Local Emphasis Program Targets Hazardous Chemicals in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri

NFPA, EPA labelsOSHA has launched a local emphasis program in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri for programmed health inspections of industries known to use hazardous chemicals and who have reported release of such chemicals to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The emphasis program will focus on industrial sites that are known to have released EPA-monitored hazardous chemicals. Industries will be selected for inspection based on site-specific chemical release data from the EPA's TRI Explorer database, which lists industry establishments that have released chemical quantities equal to or exceeding 100,000 pounds. Chemicals reported to the EPA that have been released into the environment include ammonia; barium, chromium and copper compounds; hydrochloric acid; hydrogen fluoride; lead and manganese compounds; N-hexane; styrene; sulfuric acid; and nitrate, vanadium and zinc compounds.

OSHA has created a toolkit to identify safer chemicals that can be used in place of more hazardous ones. 

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