Division of Labor and Industry

 

MOSH Instruction 15-8 - REVISION - National Emphasis Program - Primary Metal Industries

 
Subject: MOSH Instruction 15-8 REVISION - National Emphasis Program - Primary Metal Industries
   
Effective Date: December 1, 2014
   
Issuance Date: December 1, 2014
 
Cancellation: MOSH Instruction 13-5
   
Expiration Date: Effective from date above, until replaced by a new Instruction.
   
Purpose: This Instruction adopts the OSHA National Emphasis Program to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to harmful chemical and physical health hazards in facilities in the Primary Metal Industries.
 
Scope: MOSH-wide.
   
Reference: OSHA Directive CPL 03-00-018 National Emphasis Program - Primary Metal Industries
   
Contact: Chief of MOSH Compliance Services
See MOSH Website for Current Information
   
By and Under the Authority of: Eric M. Uttenreither, Assistant Commissioner
 

Summary: OSHA inspection history has shown that individuals employed in the Primary Metal Industries are exposed to serious safety and health hazards on a daily basis. Previous inspections of primary metal establishments have resulted in citations for overexposures to a wide variety of health hazards including chemical exposures in foundry operations as well as physical stressors such as noise and heat. This Instruction describes policies and procedures for implementing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures in facilities under the Primary Metal Industries, such as iron foundries and establishments that manufacture nails, insulated wires and cables, steel piping, and copper and aluminum products. This NEP will also heighten health and safety awareness within the affected industries of the potential for worker exposure to harmful chemical and physical hazards so that employers may voluntarily take steps to correct hazards and comply with current safety and health regulations and practices.

Action:

  1. MOSH compliance and consultation personnel shall utilize OSHA Directive CPL 03-00-018 while preparing for and performing on site inspections and visits in primary metal industries.
  2. Supervisors shall ensure that this instruction is reviewed with all compliance officers and consultation staff.
  3. Wherever the OSHA Instruction references job titles, manuals, and offices, the equivalent MOSH job title, manual, or office shall apply.
  4. The Chief of MOSH Compliance Services shall act as coordinator for this NEP.
  5. The inspection list shall be queried from the most current establishment list in the ReferenceUSAgov.com database utilizing Appendix B contained in the Directive and randomized for inspection.
  6. Wherever the OSHA Instruction references medical records or privacy, COMAR 09.12.22 Personally Identifiable Employee Medical Information, shall be utilized instead.
  7. All NEP coding shall be consistent with this Instruction and entered into OIS.

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