National Emphasis Program on Amputations

On February 28, 1997, Instruction CPL 2-1.24 established and implemented a National Emphasis Program on Mechanical Power Presses as part of the Agency’s strategic goal of reducing amputations in general industry workplaces. Following that Program, on March 26, 2002, OSHA implemented OSHA Instruction CPL 03-00-002 in order to address additional machinery associated with amputation hazards thereby reducing injuries.

In order to build on the success of the previous programs, OSHA through its Instruction Directive CPL 03-00-003 effective October 27, 2006, National Emphasis Program on Amputations, is administratively revising OSHA Instruction to more effectively reduce amputations and fatalities in selected industries.

Major changes include:

  • The revised directive focuses on identifying industries and establishments associated with amputations rather than on equipment associated with amputations.
  • Appendix D of the revised directive lists some of the typical machinery and equipment associated with amputations.
  • The revised directive incorporates a comparison chart for the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes and the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes in Appendix B.
  • The revised targeting methodology is based on a combination of more current data from IMIS and BLS sources as explained in Appendix C.
  • The revised targeting methodology includes two additional standards that are generally recognized as being related to amputation hazards. The additional standards are §1910.147, The Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) and §1910.219, Mechanical Power-transmission Apparatus.

The Instruction describes policies and procedures for implementing a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and to reduce workplace machine and equipment hazards which are causing or likely to cause amputations.

To review or print the entire Directive, go to OSHA’S Web Site.  There is a Power Point presentation on this site that can help explain the Instruction.