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August 19, 1994

The Honorable Richard E. Neal Member, U.S. House of Representatives Federal Building 1550 Maine Street Springfield, MA. 01103

Dear Congressman Neal:

We have received your July 25 letter regarding the request for assistance by Ms. Catherine Benjamin, Safety Coordinator for Flexcon Company, Inc. Ms. Benjamin requested an interpretation and clarification of the Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHCs) standard, 29 CFR 1910.119 as it may apply to processes containing HHCs at one of her company's work sites.

This matter requires further research. We are attempting to respond as quickly as possible, taking into consideration the need for a thoughtful and responsive reply. We expect to provide you a full response shortly.

We appreciate your interest in Occupational Safety and Health Administration programs. Thank you for your patience.


John B. Miles, Jr., Director Directorate of Compliance Programs