Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers Special Emphasis Program The North Carolina Special Emphasis Programs (SEPs) are part of the NC OSH Division's five year strategic management plan for which its two principal goals are: 1) to reduce the state's workplace fatality rate by at least 2%; and 2) to reduce the state's non-fatal injury and illness rate by at least 5%. For each SEP that applies to a specific industrial sector, similar goals for reducing the fatality rate and/or non-fatal injury and illness rate are applied. SEP: Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers Purpose and Scope Hazard Overview Regulations Learn More What are the goals of the grocery and related product wholesalers special emphasis program? Reduce workplace injury and illness rates in affected establishments What industries are covered by this SEP? NAICS Sector 4244 - Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers What are the principal types or categories of hazards on which this SEP is focused? Much of the injuries and illnesses in grocery and related product wholesalers can be attributed to the following hazard categories: Ergonomics Inadequate or absence of eye flushing facilities (see Eyewash Stations and Emergency Showers) Hazard communication Machine guarding Materials handling and storage Powered industrial trucks (PIT) Personal protective equipment (PPE) Process safety management Walking and working surfaces What regulations apply to this SEP? OSH has adopted the following regulations that govern the requirements for protection against the principal hazards associated with grocery related product wholesalers. Note: Please also check the standards information and activity webpage to see if there has been any recent or upcoming regulatory activity on this topic. General Industry 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D - walking-working surfaces 29 CFR 1910 Subpart I - personal protective equipment 29 CFR 1910.119 - process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals 29 CFR 1910.151 - medical services and first aid 29 CFR 1910.176 - handling materials, general requirements 29 CFR 1910.178 - powered industrial trucks 29 CFR 1910.212 - machine guarding, general requirements for all machines 29 CFR 1910.1200 - hazard communication General Duty Clause NCGS 95-129(1) - General Duty Clause Other Applicable Standards The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite. Where can I learn more about this SEP? Compliance Documents Operational Procedure Notice: OPN 145, Special Emphasis Program for Grocery and Related Product Wholesalers, describes the conduct of inspections and associated activities under this SEP.