Chapter on Ethanol Processing Added to OSHA Technical Manual
In response to recent changes in the ethanol manufacturing industry, OSHA has published a new chapter on ethanol processing in the OSHA Technical Manual. The new chapter provides technical information and guidance to help the agency’s compliance officers evaluate safety and health hazards in ethanol-for-fuel manufacturing facilities. According to OSHA, the content is based on currently available research publications, OSHA standards, and consensus standards. The chapter covers background information on the ethanol manufacturing industry; commonly used production technologies, including emerging technologies; select safety and health hazards associated with ethanol manufacturing; controls typically used to prevent or mitigate hazards in ethanol manufacturing; emergency planning requirements; some OSHA standards relevant to hazards in ethanol manufacturing facilities; and safe entry requirements for aboveground storage tanks. The new chapter is available on OSHA’s website.