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.
What are the goals of the health hazards special emphasis program (SEP)?
- Conduct emphasis inspection, training and consultation activity in establishments where employees might be exposed to health hazards such as lead, silica, asbestos, hexavalent chromium and isocyanates.
What industries are covered by this SEP?
What are the principal hazard categories on which this SEP is focused?
Injuries and illnesses attributed to the substances covered by this SEP are the result of one or more of the following health effects:
- Eye and skin irritation
- Eye and skin corrosion
- Chemical hypersensitization
- Acute toxicity
- Chronic toxicity
What regulations apply to this SEP?
OSH has adopted the following regulations that govern the requirements for protection against the hazards associated with occupational exposure to health hazards. 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.
29 CFR 1910 Subpart I - personal protective equipment
29 CFR 1910.151 - medical services and first aid
29 CFR 1910.1000 - air contaminants
29 CFR 1910.1001 - asbestos
29 CFR 1910.1025 - inorganic lead
29 CFR 1910.1026 - hexavalent chromium
29 CFR 1910.1053 - respirable crystalline silica
29 CFR 1910.1200 - hazard communication
29 CFR 1910.1450 - occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories
29 CFR 1926 Subpart E - personal protective and life saving equipment
29 CFR 1926.50 - medical services and first aid
29 CFR 1926.55 - gases, vapors, fumes, dusts, and mists
29 CFR 1926.62 - lead
29 CFR 1926.1101 - asbestos
29 CFR 1926.1126 - hexavalent chromium
29 CFR 1926.1153 - respirable crystalline silica
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?
Operational Procedure Notice: OPN 135, Special Emphasis Programs for Health Hazards, describes the conduct of inspections and associated activities under this SEP.