In April 2002, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a special national emphasis program aimed at reducing amputations in general industry workplaces. The National Emphasis Program on Amputations targeted all types of power presses, including press brakes, saws, shears and slicers, and targeted industries that OSHA considered a high risk for operating equipment that can be very dangerous, as injuries involving these machines are often fatal or result in permanent disability.
On October 27, 2006, OSHA reissued their National Emphasis Program on Amputations (NEP) ? with an expanded focus to identify and reduce workplace machinery and equipment hazards which are causing or likely to cause amputations. This Federal Program replaces the April 2002 program in which plastics processing, SIC 3089, was among the ten industries receiving targeted workplace inspections for amputation hazards.
In 2002, in keeping with OSHA's mission to identify and reduce or eliminate the workplace incidence of hazards which are causing or likely to cause amputations, OSHA initiated targeted inspections of workplaces under SIC 3089, Plastics Products, Not Elsewhere Classified. The twenty-four states and two territories which operate their own OSHA programs were encouraged, but not required, to adopt a similar emphasis program.
The expanded 2006 NEP will target general industry workplaces where any machinery or equipment that is likely to cause amputations is present. OSHA will develop its targeting lists based on their list of 40 SIC codes associated with high amputation rates, and if any of the targeted machinery is present at an establishment, will conduct an inspection of all machinery and equipment associated with amputations. Inspections may begin as early as December 28, 2006.
What you need to know:
The revised NEP includes the following changes that will have significant impact on the full supply chain of the plastics industry:
Targeted Plastics Industry SIC/NAICS Codes
Targeted Machinery and Equipment Identified as Sources of Amputations
What you should expect from an OSHA inspection under this NEP:
If any of the targeted machinery and equipment (or any other machinery and equipment that could cause amputations) are present in the workplace, the OSHA inspector will conduct an inspection of the machinery and equipment with particular attention to employee exposure to nip points, pinch points, shear points, cutting actions, and other points of operation. Following a review of your OSHA 200 and 300 logs for recorded amputations, the inspector will evaluate employee exposures during any of the following:
Where to get additional information: