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Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) builds a true partnership between Houston Ship Channel  industry and community in Deer Park, Texas  At meetings held 9-10 times a year, we provide a forum for candid conversation about industry-related issues of community interest or concern.

Open, honest dialogue makes plant members aware of what the community expects of them.  It helps community members understand what plants do and how they work.

The primary issues we address are environment, safety, health, security, emergency response and communications, and hazardous materials transportation.  We also discuss other quality of life issues like the economy and education.

DPCAC currently has 26 community members plus several Deer Park High School student members. They include individuals who live, work or attend school in Deer Park, and representatives of organizations and government entities serving Deer Park. 

Twenty plant members represent 15 industrial facilities in Deer Park, including chemical plants, a refinery, storage terminals, hazardous waste management firms, and related facilities. See DPCAC Plant Directory.

DPCAC celebrated its 25th Anniversary in March 2015.  Historical highlights were documented in a 25th Anniversary History booklet.

"Question of the Month" 

Question 9.  What are OSHA’s Standard Interpretation Letters? 

OSHA frequently publishes interpretations and guidance documents related to its standards.  These interpretations and guidance documents are known as advisory documents.  The purpose of these advisory documents is to advise employers and employees on a variety of issues related to health and safety in the workplace. 

One resource businesses have to determine compliance with interpretation of OSHA regulations is OSHA’s collection of standard interpretation letters, which are official responses to written questions about compliance with the agency’s requirements.

There are several ways to search the OSHA web site for standard interpretation letters, including by date, standard number, and key word.  For example, if you want to review OSHA’s standard interpretation letters on the training requirements under OSHA’s hazard communication standard, you could type key words into the search field. You could also search by the standard number if you know it.

Writing a letter isn’t the only way to get information from OSHA.  You can also contact OSHA by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-321-OSHA (6742), submitting an e-mail question through the electronic mail form on OSHA’s Web site, or calling your local OSHA Area Office.

However, if OSHA has not issued a standard interpretation letter that addresses your question, the only way to get an official OSHA response is the old-fashioned way – by writing a letter and mailing it to OSHA. OSHA posts selected responses that it thinks will be helpful to others on its standard interpretations web page.

The next time you visit OSHA’s Web site, take a moment to review the collection of standard interpretation letters.  They can be a valuable resource for businesses seeking guidance on OSHA requirements.  If you don’t find the answer to your question, you can write your own letter to OSHA.

It's important to note that OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards, and regulations. OSHA’s interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they don’t create additional employer obligations. Advisory documents do not have the force and effect of the law.  Therefore, OSHA cannot issue citations to employers based on violations of advisory documents.


(Question #9  February 2017 – Delta Companies Group)

Click here to read previous Questions and Answers related to Deer Park industry. 

Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Next Regular Meeting
April 24, 2017
Safety of Chemicals Then and Now

For details or an invitation, contact   

2017 Calendar

Jan. 23 

Feb. 27

Mar. 27

Apr. 24

May 22 (which is not Memorial Day)

No June meeting

No July meeting

Aug. 28

Sept. 25

Oct. 23

Nov. 27 (after Thanksgiving)
no December 

Recent Topics

 Additional meeting summaries and slides may be found
on "Topics and Meetings" page, year by year.

Contact Us

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