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EXECUTIVE ORDER 13650

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On August 1, 2013, the President issued Executive Order 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (EO). The EO directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Justice (DoJ), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish a Working Group to improve chemical facility safety and security in coordination with State regulators; State, local, and tribal emergency responders; chemical facility owners and operators; and local and tribal communities.

Chemical Facility

Criteria & Submission Process

The EO requires the Working Group to identify “best practices” for the purpose of coordinating improvements to the safety and security of chemical facilities. To support implementation of EO 13650, the Working Group is collecting and sharing chemical safety and security best practices using the DOL, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) chemical executive order webpage.

What are Best Practices?

A best practice is a method or technique for addressing a problem or issue that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means. Best practices are the accumulation of lessons learned, and are subject to continuous improvement as new information and experience is gained. Because each problem situation is unique, best practices are most effective when they are tailored to the specific circumstances of the problem or issue being addressed.

Best practices are:

  • Voluntary -- complementary to existing requirements;
  • Documented – the purpose, objectives, processes, and performance metrics are clear and understandable;
  • Measurable -- goals are clear, and progress toward those goals can be measured;
  • Repeatable – the practice is structured clearly enough so that it can be replicated; and
  • Subject to evaluation - by the implementing party and others.

Best Practices can be described along a continuum based on documented evidence of success, repeatability, and rigor of evaluation.

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Innovative Practice

Promising Practice

Proven Practice

 

Innovative Practice

Promising Practice

Proven Practice

Success

Early evidence of success

Demonstrates success

Success in a number of organizations

Repeatability

Shows potential for being repeatable

Limited repeatability

Broad repeatability

Rigor of Evaluation

Limited or no evaluation data

Some internal and external evaluation data

Independent research conducted

EO 13650 Best Practices

The Working Group is seeking Best Practices to share with stakeholders involved in improving the safety and security of chemical facilities.  Desired Best Practices include innovative, promising and proven practices in the areas of Technology, Training, Safer Alternatives, Process Safety, Administration, and Other.

  • Technology may include recommendations for software packages that contain data processes to track chemical quantities contained within chemical facilities, enhance information sharing by distributing information across stakeholder communities, and increase coordination efforts in the event of an incident.
  • Training may include in-person courses or software programs that promote the proper storage and safe handling of hazardous chemicals, effective techniques for reporting an error, and safely responding to incidents to mitigate both short-term and long-term risk.
  • Safer Alternatives may include practicable risk reduction measures that specifically mitigate threats to the public, worker, health, environment, and facility during the production, transport, and use of chemicals.
  • Process Safety may include best practices identifying tools, techniques, programs, required to manage chemical safety processes to prevent catastrophic accidents, particularly explosions, fires, and toxic releases.
  • Administrative may include non-operational recommendations for implementing policies, guidelines, and standard operating procedures within facilities or across stakeholder communities.
  • Other may include best practices that do not fall under the previous categories listed.

The Working Group is open to accepting Best Practices on a variety of topics.  Below is a sample list of potential topics for which Best Practices are being sought.

Stakeholder

Potential Topics for Best Practices

First Responder

  • Information availability and awareness
  • Training opportunities
  • Information on equipment
  • Coordination with local communities
  • Managing information in remote areas

Industry

  • Coordinating preparedness and response activities with local communities
  • Coordinating and planning with First Responders
  • Improving facility safety and security operations
  • Improving safety and security throughout the supply chain

Environmental- Community- Labor

  • Improving facility safety and security
  • Coordinating preparedness and response activities with local communities
  • Sharing risk information

Federal-State- Local-Tribal
(LEPC, SERC, TERC, TEPC)

  • Obtaining and interpreting risk information
  • Planning for large scale emergencies
  • Balancing the importance of community safety

Process for Best Practice Submission

The OSHA Chemical Executive Order webpage is the site for the collection of Best Practices under the EO. Stakeholders interested in submitting practices for consideration should complete the Chemical Safety and Security Best Practice Submission Form. Email EO.chemical@hq.dhs.gov to request the submission form. Be sure to complete all requested fields. Completed forms should be submitted electronically to EO.chemical@hq.dhs.gov. Include Chemical Safety and Security Best Practice Submission in the subject line of the message. A Working Group representative may follow up if additional information is needed. All submissions will be reviewed by the Working Group prior to inclusion in the forum.

For Further Information on EO 13650, please visit OSHA Chemical Executive Order webpage or email EO.Chemical@hq.dhs.gov.

Industry

Chemical Industry stakeholders are those individuals representing chemical producers, manufacturers, storage facilities, distribution facilities, suppliers, industry associations, or owner/operators.

The Working Group is open to accepting Best Practices on a variety of topics. Below is a sample list of potential topics for which Best Practices are being sought.

  • Coordinating preparedness and response activities with local communities;
  • Coordinating and planning with First Responders;
  • Improving facility safety and security operations; and
  • Improving safety and security throughout the supply chain.

The EO Working Group is interested in your feedback on the use or effectiveness of Best Practices submitted to this web page. Please forward your comments to EO.chemical@hq.dhs.gov.

Training

Proven Practice

First Responders

Emergency/First Responders are those stakeholders who represent Emergency Management, Law Enforcement, Hazard Materials Responders, and other first responder professionals.

The Working Group is open to accepting Best Practices on a variety of topics. Below is a sample list of potential topics for which Best Practices are being sought.

  • Information availability and awareness;
  • Training opportunities;
  • Information on equipment;
  • Coordination with local communities; and
  • Managing information in remote areas.

The EO Working Group is interested in your feedback on the use or effectiveness of Best Practices submitted to this webpage. Please forward your comments to EO.chemical@hq.dhs.gov.

Training

Proven Practice

Administrative

Proven Practice

Environmental-Community-Labor

Environmental, Community, and Labor Groups are stakeholders representing any environmental group or organization, community group or organization, or Labor association group.

The Working Group is open to accepting Best Practices on a variety of topics. Below is a sample list of potential topics for which Best Practices are being sought.

  • Improving facility safety and security;
  • Coordinating preparedness and response activities with local communities and;
  • Sharing risk information.

The EO Working Group is interested in your feedback on the use or effectiveness of Best Practices submitted to this web page. Please forward your comments to EO.chemical@hq.dhs.gov.

Technology

Proven Practice

Process Safety

Promising Practice

Administrative

Proven Practice

Federal-State-Local-Tribal (SERC, TERC, LEPC, TEPC)

State, Local, or Tribal representative are persons representing a state, local, or tribal jurisdiction that are not associated more closely with another stakeholder tab listed.

The Working Group is open to accepting Best Practices on a variety of topics. Below is a sample of potential topics for which Best Practices are being sought.

  • Obtaining and interpreting risk information;
  • Planning for large scale emergencies; and
  • Balancing the importance of community safety.

The EO Working Group is interested in your feedback in the use or effectiveness of Best Practices submitted to this web page. Please forward your comments to EO.chemical@hq.dhs.gov.

Training

Proven Practice

Disclaimer

Any best practices, lessons learned, or other views or opinions presented in this forum are solely those of the author, and publication herein does not constitute or imply their endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Labor (DOL), or any other department or agency of the United States Government. In addition, the publication of a best  practice in this forum does not constitute advice as to the legality of such practice in a relevant jurisdiction. The publication of any material purported to be a best practice is at the sole discretion of the departments and agencies operating this website. For advice as to whether a best practice is appropriate in a particular circumstance, you should consult with a subject matter expert and/or legal counsel familiar with your situation.

The use of this forum to identify any specific commercial products, processes, services, trade names, trademarks, or manufacturers does not constitute or imply their endorsement or recommendation by DHS, EPA, DOL, or any other department or agency of the United States Government.

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