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OSHA Emphasis Programs

National Emphasis Programs:

National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) are temporary programs that focus OSHA's resources on particular hazards and high-hazard industries. Existing and potential new emphasis programs are evaluated using inspection data, injury and illness data, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports, peer-reviewed literature, analysis of inspection findings and other available information sources. 


Hazards of Concern: Combustible Dust, Hazardous Machinery and Amputations, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Primary Metal Industries, Process Safety Management, Shipbreaking, Silica and Trenching and Excavation

Local Emphasis Programs:

Local Emphasis Programs (LEPs) are enforcement strategies designed and implemented at the regional office and/or area office levels. These programs are intended to address hazards or industries that pose a particular risk to workers in the office's jurisdiction. The emphasis programs may be implemented by a single area office, or at the regional level (Regional Emphasis Programs(REP)) and applied to all of the area offices within the region. These LEPs will be accompanied by outreach intended to make employers in the area aware of the program as well as the hazards that the programs are designed to reduce or eliminate. This outreach may be in the form of informational mailings, training at local tradeshows or speeches at meetings of industry groups or labor organizations.

South Dakota is part of OSHA Region 8.

OSHA Regional LEP

Hazards of Concern: Aircraft Support and Maintenance, Automotive Services/Lifts, Beverage Manufacturing, Scrap and Recycling Industry, Asbestos Abatement Industry, Wood Manufacturing and Processing Facilities, Grain Handling Facilities, Roadway Work Zone Activities, Oil and Gas Industry, Workplace Violence Hazards at Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities and Fall Hazards in Construction