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National Emphasis Program (NEP)

OSHA has updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) to focus on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a spike in trenching fatalities. The program began October 1,2018 and is working to increase education and enforcement efforts. The press release highlighted the new educational resources available on

OSHA has a number of compliance assistance materials to help, including:

  • Audio public service announcements recorded by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta in English and Spanish that highlight effective ways to stay safe when working around trenches and excavations.
  • A 45-second video, “5 Things You Should Know to Stay Safe,” which also highlights well-known and proven safety measures that can eliminate hazards and prevent worker injuries.
  • An updated trenching operations QuickCard provides information on protecting workers around trenches, including daily inspections, and trench wall safety.
  • OSHA’s revised “Protect Workers in Trenches” poster provides a quick reminder of the three ways to prevent dangerous trench collapses: SLOPE or bench trench walls, SHORE trench walls with supports, or SHIELD trench walls with trench boxes. The poster is available in English and Spanish.
  • An updated trenching and excavation webpage provides additional information on trenching hazards and solutions.