Directives - NEP

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.

Combustible Dust

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fall Prevention/Protection

Hazardous Machinery


Hexavalent Chromium


Primary Metal Industries

  • OSHA Instruction - CPL 03-00-018 - National Emphasis Program - Primary Metal Industries - - PDF
    Note: This NEP does not set inspection goals nor does it require regional offices to develop emphasis programs, but it does provide uniform procedures for any unprogrammed inspection within these industries, and for any regional or State Plan emphasis program within these industries that may be voluntarily implemented.

Process Safety Management (PSM)


Silica, Crystalline

Trenching and Excavation

Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations