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Regulatory Update on OSHA's Revised Chemical National Emphasis Program

May 9, 2017

NEWS ADVISORY—ABS Group will provide a regulatory update and webinar covering the revised compliance directive for chemical facilities and petroleum refineries from the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Wednesday, May 10, at 10 am CDT.

The OSHA issued compliance directive CPL 03-00-021 (PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program) went into effect on January 17, 2017. This instruction describes an OSHA Chemical National Emphasis Program (CNEP) for inspecting facilities with highly hazardous chemicals and replaces the old directive number CPL 03-00-014. CNEP inspections will now be conducted in the same manner at both chemical facilities and petroleum refineries.

James Thompson, ABS Group PSM Manager and lead author of Guidelines for Implementing Process Safety Management published by the Center for Chemical Process Safety, will share his regulatory insights in the webinar, OSHA's Revised Chemical National Emphasis Program (CPL 03-00-021), which will be presented live with a Q&A session and will be archived for future reference. The webinar will provide a comparison of the revised and former OSHA compliance directives and will provide guidance as to how to prepare for an OSHA inspection under the new NEP.

A comprehensive overview of the revised CNEP as well as a summary from ABS Group's Safety, Risk and Compliance and PSM experts will be provided as an additional information resource for webinar attendees.

Learn more about US Regulatory Reforms for Process Safety and solutions for the Oil, Gas and Chemical sector.


About ABS

ABS, a leading global provider of classification and technical advisory services to the marine and offshore industries, is committed to setting standards for safety and excellence in design and construction. Focused on safe and practical application of advanced technologies and digital solutions, ABS works with industry and clients to develop accurate and cost-effective compliance, optimized performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.   

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and environmental efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,300 professionals in over 25 countries serving the industrial manufacturing, oil, gas and chemical, marine, offshore and government sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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