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RISK MANAGEMENT

Revisions to EPA Risk Management Program Would Modernize Guidance for Chemical Facilities

EPA is seeking public comment on potential revisions to its risk management program (RMP) to modernize its regulations, guidance, and policies as required under the executive order issued last August to improve chemical facility safety and security. The executive order requires OSHA and EPA to review the chemical hazards covered by the agencies’ existing risk management programs and develop options to improve those programs. 

According to EPA, its request for information (RFI) closely coordinates with potential changes to OSHA’s process safety management (PSM) program. OSHA requested public comment on its PSM standard in December 2013.

EPA’s RFI seeks information and data on specific regulatory elements and PSM approaches to improve public health and safety and to aid police, fire, and emergency response personnel in preparing for and responding to chemical emergencies. The RFI also addresses potentially updating the list of RMP-regulated substances and adjusting threshold quantities and toxic endpoints based on acute exposure guideline level (AEGL) toxicity values.
View the RFI at http://bit.ly/epariskmanagement. Public comments are due on or before Oct. 29, 2014. 
For more information, visit EPA’s Web page on Executive Order 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security at http://bit.ly/epachemicalfacility.