OSHA Updates Its National Emphasis Programs To Reduce Amputations

OSHA has recently implemented an update to their National Emphasis Programs (NEP) that focuses on industries with high amputations. The new NEP changes how they target manufactures by lowering the inspection standard of criteria. Now, any employers with machinery that can potentially cause amputation will be at an increased risk for an inspection. Inspections will pay particular attention to employee exposure to nip points, pinch points, shear points, cutting actions, and other points of operation.

The NEP has a three month period of education and outreach which runs until March 10, 2020. Employers should plan ahead by reviewing their guards on existing machines, and ensuring employees have been appropriately trained on lockout/tagout standards and procedures.

-Adam McFarland, Claims Administrator


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made a number of changes to update its National Emphasis Programs (NEP) aimed at reducing amputations in manufacturing industries by adding a targeting methodology for segments with high employer-reported amputation statistics.

OSHA noted that its enforcement history shows that employees are often injured when machinery or equipment is not properly guarded or maintained. “This NEP targets industrial and manufacturing workplaces having machinery and equipment that can potentially cause amputations,” the agency said.

The updated NEP targets industrial and manufacturing workplaces where employees are injured by unguarded or improperly guarded machinery and equipment. The program lists 75 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code industries that will fall under the enhanced inspection regime, including meat and poultry processing facilities, bakeries, wood, plastics and steel manufacturing facilities, among others.

This article by David Sparkman/EHS Today reviews the NEP in detail.

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