OSHA issues national emergency management plan

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Citation

(2004), "OSHA issues national emergency management plan", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 13 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/dpm.2004.07313cab.007

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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OSHA issues national emergency management plan

OSHA issues national emergency management plan

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a National Emergency Management Plan (NEMP), a directive that clarifies the agency’s policies during responses to national emergencies. The NEMP outlines procedures to ensure that personnel and logistical and operational assistance are available to provide assistance and guidance regarding emergency responder and recovery worker health and safety.

The NEMP details OSHA’s responsibilities during major incidents, such as those that result in a presidential declaration, the activation of the Federal Response Plan, or a request for assistance from the Department of Homeland Security. It also outlines the primary roles and functions that the agency’s national and regional offices will assume while planning for and responding to a major national incident. Each region is required to develop a Regional Emergency Management Plan (REMP) that is coordinated with state plans. In addition, the new directive establishes an Emergency Preparedness Executive Steering Committee, as well as specialized response teams to address incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.

The NEMP is available: from: www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/HSO_01-00-001.pdf Additional information is available from Frank Meilinger, OSHA, (202) 693-1999; www.osha.gov

(Extracted from the Natural Hazards Observor, March 2004)