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Occupational Safety and Health Administration "OSHA" Launches Local Emphasis Program on Hazardous Chemicals

In an example of interagency use of reporting information for enforcement purposes, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the launch of an emphasis program in three Midwestern states (Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri) to focus attention on hazardous chemicals reported to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The emphasis program involves programmed health inspections of industries known to use hazardous chemicals and who report annual releases of at least 10,000 pounds to EPA’s TRI Explorer database.

The hazardous chemicals under focus 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.

“Through this program, OSHA will improve education for company management and strengthen protections for workers exposed to these chemicals,” Marcia Drumm, OSHA’s acting region al administrator in Kansas City, said. Companies should examine and ensure their policies, procedures and practices are compliant. In some instances, an independent audit by outside experts can be helpful. 

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Bradford T. Hammock is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He focuses his practice in the safety and health area, and is co-leader of the firm’s Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group.

Mr. Hammock’s national practice focuses on all aspects of occupational safety and health law. In particular, Mr. Hammock provides invaluable assistance to employers in a preventive practice: (1) conducting full-scale safety and health compliance audits; (2) reviewing and revising corporate safety and...

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Henry Chajet is Of Counsel in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Mr. Chajet counsels and represents clients in environmental, health and safety (EH&S) matters and antitrust matters, focusing on crisis management, dispute resolution, trial and appellate litigation, standard setting, liability prevention, regulatory and congressional proceedings and “direct purchaser” overcharge recoveries for corporate clients in antitrust price manipulation cases. He defends investigations and enforcement actions by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Transportation (DOT), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and other federal and state agencies, as well as in related tort claims and criminal cases, and in EH&S whistleblower or discrimination claims.

To achieve an integrated defense strategy at the initiation of a government investigation or enforcement action, Mr. Chajet coordinates forensic accounting and technical experts, insurance issues, government interviews, document production and public relations experts. He has extensive experience representing clients in cases involving fatal or serious injuries, explosions, chemical releases, fires, manufacturing, transportation and construction accidents, mine disasters and allegations of product toxicity or community harm. Mr. Chajet has served as co-lead counsel in successful, multimillion dollar recovery cases for corporate clients that were “direct purchasers” of commodities and products for which prices were artificially increased through monopoly price manipulation, violating antitrust law.