MSDSonline is presenting on a BLR webinar that will update EH&S professionals on government recommendations stemming from a new federal progress report on Executive Order 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The webinar — Chemical Safety and Improvements: Compliance Strategies for Getting PSM, RMP & CFATS Regulations Right — will take place on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at 1:30pm. A registration fee is required.
Executive Order 13650 was issued in August of last year to improve the safety of those who work with (and live in proximity to) hazardous chemicals, and also to ensure the security of those chemicals. The Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group implementing this executive order is co-chaired by the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and the Environmental Protection Agency — and also includes members representing several other federal entities and departments.
According to an OSHA release, this working group “has made significant progress on the implementation front of the Federal Action Plan since the release of the report by initiating community planning preparedness measures, increasing Federal coordination, improving data management techniques and technology, revising regulations, issuing guidance and advisory documents, and creating a best practices repository, among other initiatives.”
These working group recommendations are poised to directly impact workplaces, as the government continues to push for more modernized policies and safety standards. The November 6 webinar is designed to help EH&S professionals discover cost-effective ways of aligning their organizations’ programs with present and future recommendations resulting from Executive Order 13650. Specifically, the Webinar will include:
- An overview of the Executive Order, the working group, and their report
- The working group’s recommendations, including key findings and recommendations related to RMP, PSM, and CFATS
- Suggestions for integrating and better aligning RMP, PSM, and CFATS
- How to evaluate your existing PSM, RMP, and CFATS programs to determine if they’re in full compliance or if you must make changes
- What support to expect from local, state, and federal regulators as they prepare strategies that align with the report
- The next steps your organization should consider right now
- How to identify and evaluate outside resources to assist your organization in its PSM/RMP/CFATS compliance efforts
The government’s continued attention to the progress of Executive Order 13650 underscores the federal commitment to creating meaningful improvements in chemical safety that result in tangible reductions in hazard risks. Make sure your organization is prepared for the changes ahead.