Wednesday, October 22, 2003

OSHA Puts Reactives Guidebook on Web

Cheapskate Companies Applaud.

As promised by Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA John Henshaw, the OSHA webpage is now providing free access to the Center for Chemical Process Safety's book Essential Practices for Managing Chemical Reactivity Hazards. This is apparently being done instead of revising OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard, as recommended by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

I already wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. So I'll just paraphrase what I wrote then:

Anyone who can't afford to buy a book (even a really expensive book) on their own has no earthly business running a plant that processes hazardous reactive chemicals.

So on behalf of the Hooterville General Store and Petroleum Refinery, thanks OSHA.

P.S. Do you think we're all idiots?