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OSHA Announces National Emphasis Program for Primary Metals Industries


9/1/2011 3:59 PM

In June, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new directive establishing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) for the Primary Metals Industries. According to NEP, “the Primary Metals Industries are a group of establishments engaged in the smelting and refining of both ferrous and nonferrous metals. These metals are refined from ore, pig and scrap, during rolling, drawing, casting and alloying metal operations. Some of the products they manufacture include nails, spikes, insulated wires and cables, steel piping, sheets and bars, and copper and aluminum products, and coke” [emphasis added].”

NEP is available at www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_03-00-013.pdf.

NEP applies to all primary metal manufacturing facilities under Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 3300 (under Major Group 33 in the SIC Manual). Appendix B of the NEP Instruction identifies several SICs within Major Group 33 and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes covered by the directive. The goals of NEP are to minimize or eliminate work exposure to physical and chemical hazards in the workplace. NEP will include inspections by OSHA of facilities known to manufacture primary metals and metal products.

NEMA members that manufacture products that could be covered by NEP are advised to review the SICs and NAICS codes in Appendix B and familiarize themselves with the instruction guidelines about how facilities will be selected and what inspectors will check. ­

Sarah Owen, Government Relations Manager | sarah.owen@nema.org.