Government Regulations and Resources

Global Regulations

US

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA is a federal agency of the United States that regulates workplace safety and health. OSHA developed programs and regulations to help improve worker safety. Below are examples of OSHA's program, regulation and services:

OSHA's Dust Explosions Program and Regulations

OSHA also provides a free and confidential Onsite Consultation to small and medium-sized businesses in all states across the United States, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. OSHA also provides Process Safety Management Standards

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of the Emergency Management

EPA Emergency Management programs help ensure facilities and organizations to take steps to prevent oil spills, chemical accidents, and other emergencies. It also implement paning and preparedness requirements, and respond to environmental emergencies.

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Chemical Safety Board (CSB)

CSB is authorized by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and became operational in January 1998. It is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents and make recommendations to OSHA and EPA for regulatory changes. CSB website features investigative videos, investigative digests, and incident news reports.

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Mexico

NORMA Oficial Mexicana NOM-028-STPS-2004

On June 3, 2011, Mexico became the first country in the region to put the Global Harmonized System (GHS) for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals GHS into practice. The Government of Mexico draft procedures for conformity assessment of Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-028-STPS-2004, Organization of work-safety processes chemicals.

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UK

Health and Safety Executive: Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH)

COMAH regulations replaced the Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazard Regulations formed on 1984 and came into force on April 1, 1999. COMAH regulations are amended on June 30, 2005 to reflect cahnges to Seveso II.  The regulations ensures that businesses take all necessary measures to prevent major accidents involving dangerous substances, and limit the consequences to people and the environment of any major accidents.

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Want to know which legislation relates to your industry? Visit Health & Safety Executive's Legislation Page.

H & S Executive's Legislation Page

Seveso 

Major accidents in chemical industry have occured world-wide. In Europe, following the Seveso accidents in 1976 prompted the adoption of legislation aimed at the prevention and control of such accidents. In 1982, the first EU Directive 82/501/EEC-so-called Seveso Directive-was adopted. Learn more about Seveso developments and recent Seveso changes.

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India

The Factories Act

The factories act is established on 1948 and came to force on April 1, 1949. It extends to whole India to protect works security and is related to human rights.

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Resources: Process Safety Organizations

Center for Chemical Process Safety-China Section (CCPS-CS): Established in April, 2007 by CCPS and China University of Petroleum.

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American Chemistry Council: America's oldest trade aassociation of its kind. It enhances Safety through the products of chemistry and inverstment in research.

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European Process Safety Centre (EPSC): The objective of EPSC is to promote best practice in process safety across Europe in the both prevention and mitigation of chemical accident hazards.

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Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center:  Established in 1995 in memory of Mary Kay O'Connor, an Operations Superintendent killed in an explosion on October 23, 1989 at the Phillips Petroleum Complex in Pasadena, TX. Its missions are to imporove safety in chemical process industry.

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