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Dakota’s Special Topics modules expand upon our baseline federal EHS regulatory coverage to address regulations applicable to specific industries and locations, and regarding certain topics.

Security Assessment Module

For every facility interested in safeguarding its property, processes, and personnel. This module addresses Department of Homeland Security requirements and is also a resource to help managers and facilities identify Good Management Practices associated with both site and transportation security. The Security Assessment module is available to all Dakota clients at no charge.

Major Topics:

  • Chemical Facility Security
  • Facilities Good Security Management Practices
  • Transportation Good Security Management Practices

Regulations Covered:

  • 6 CFR 27

Publications Covered:

  • Site Security Guidelines for the U.S. Chemical Industry (ACC)
  • Transportation Security Guidelines for the U.S. Chemical Industry (ACC)
  • Enhancing the Security of Hazardous Materials in Transportation (DOT)
  • Recommendations for Handling Suspicious Letters or Packages (OSHA)

Mine Safety

For any mine regulated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), this module covers MSHA’s safety and health regulations. It may be used as a stand-alone system or as an Add-On Module to the Dakota Federal System.

Major Topics:

  • Hazard Communication
  • Training and Retraining Miners
  • Mine Rescue Teams
  • Notifications, Investigations, and Reporting
  • Occupational Noise Exposure
  • Safety and Health Standards

Regulations Covered:

  • 30 CFR 40, 41, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 56, 57, 62, 71, 72, 74, 79, 90, and 104

Construction Safety

For employers, contractors, and subcontractors engaged in general construction, building alteration or repair, and painting and decorating of buildings or structures. This module addresses OSHA standards for the construction industry that are commonly applicable to construction sites and that differ from OSHA standards for general industry. It may be used as a stand-alone system or as an Add-On to the standard Dakota Federal System.

Major Topics:

  • General Safety and Health
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Electrical Safety
  • Scaffolds
  • Aerial Lifts
  • Stairways and Ladders
  • Fall Hazard Protection
  • Excavations
  • Confined Spaces
  • Materials Handling / Personnel Hoists
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Hazard Communication
  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Chromium (VI)
  • Respirable Crystalline Silica
  • Beryllium
  • Ventilation and Protection in Welding

Regulations Covered:

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subparts C, E, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, W, X, AA, CC
  • 29 CFR 1926.59, 1926.62, 1926.353, 1926.1101, 1926.1124, 1926.1153


Pipeline Safety

For facilities engaged in activities associated with the transportation by pipeline of natural gas or other types of gas, hazardous liquids, carbon dioxide, and/or oil.This module contains applicability determinations and compliance requirements for topics that are common to pipeline facilities, particularly operations, maintenance, record keeping, and reporting. It may be used as a stand-alone system or as an Add-On Module to the standard Dakota Federal System.

Major Topics:

  • Natural Gas / Other Gas Pipelines
  • Liquefied Natural Gas
  • Onshore Oil Pipelines
  • Hazardous Liquids
  • Protection of Pipelines from Excavation Activity
  • Drug and Alcohol Testing

Regulations Covered:

  • 49 CFR 191-196, 199

Marine Cargo Handling

For employers engaged in loading cargo to a vessel, unloading cargo from a vessel, moving ship’s stores or ship’s gear, moving cargo within a marine terminal or into or out of any land carrier (including trucks and railcars) at a marine terminal, and any other activities associated with the overall operation and functions of a marine terminal and longshoring operations aboard a vessel. This module covers OSHA requirements specific to the onshore movement of cargo and other onshore operations at marine terminals and the movement of cargo and gear aboard vessels. It may be used as an add-on to Dakota’s general industry health and safety modules which cover general industry standards that apply to marine cargo handling operations.

Major Topics:

  • Personal Protection
  • First Aid and Lifesaving Facilities
  • Walking and Working Surfaces
  • Marine Terminal Cargo Handling Gear and Equipment
  • Vessel’s Cargo Handling Gear and Equipment
  • Cargo Handling Operations

Regulations Covered:

29 CFR 1917, 1918

Offshore Mineral Resources

For facilities engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), with a focus on ongoing operations subject to an existing lease. This module covers requirements for OCS facilities subject to a BOEM lease and BSEE oversight, such as offshore platforms and mobile offshore drilling units. It is designed to focus on managing EHS compliance at existing OCS facilities that have already obtained a lease. Ongoing compliance obligations of the BOEM leasing program under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and ongoing BSEE EHS management requirements, including SEMS II, are covered.

Major Topics

  • Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS II)
  • Drilling Operations and Permits
  • Well Completion
  • Well Operations and Equipment
  • Safety Standards for Offshore Platforms and Structures
  • Production Safety Systems and Equipment
  • Decommissioning Activities
  • Production Requirements
  • Geological and Geophysical Exploration
  • Oil Spill Financial Responsibility and Response
  • Ongoing Compliance Requirements Related to Lease Terms, Exploration Plans, Development and Production Plans, and other Planning Documents

Regulations Covered

  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)
  • 30 CFR 250, 251, 252, 254, 256, 270, 290, 291, 550, 551, 552, 553

Offshore Safety and Security

Designed to ensure compliance with U.S. Coast Guard safety and security regulations, this module covers U.S. Coast Guard safety and security regulations as they pertain to offshore facilities engaged in the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas on the OCS. It focuses on requirements for fixed and floating OCS facilities, including MODUs. Topics such as workplace safety standards, security requirements for OCS facilities, employee training and credentials, and facility and navigational safety equipment standards are covered.

Major Topics

  • Workplace Safety Standards for OCS Facilities
  • Security for OCS Facilities
  • Design, Construction, Equipment, Inspection and Operation of MODUs
  • Marine Casualty Reporting and Investigation
  • Employee Credential and Certification Requirements
  • Aids to Navigation Requirements (e.g., Obstruction Warning Lights and Sound Signals)
  • Lifesaving and Fire-Fighting Equipment Standards

Regulations Covered

  • 33 CFR 67, 101, 103, 106, 135, 136, 140 - 147, 153
  • 46 CFR 4, 10, 11, 107 - 109

CAL-OSHA

For Industrial facilities located in the state of California, this module contains applicability determinations and detailed compliance requirements based on California's occupational health and safety regulations published by Cal-OSHA. It may be used as a stand-alone system or as an Add-On Module to the standard Dakota Federal System.

Major Topics

  • Injury and Illness Prevention Program
  • Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records
  • Aisles and Walkways
  • Stairways and Ramps
  • Exits
  • Emergency Action Plans
  • Fire Prevention Plans
  • Guardrails
  • Scaffolds
  • Ladders
  • Powered Platforms and Equipment for Building Maintenance
  • Sanitation
  • Signs and Tags
  • Personal Safety Devices
  • Heat Illness Prevention
  • Containers and Vessels
  • Hand and Portable Powered Tools and Equipment
  • Use, Care, and Protection of Abrasive Wheels
  • Vehicles and Equipment
  • Transportation of Employees and Materials
  • Power Operated Presses
  • Metal Working Machines
  • Die Casting Machines
  • Woodworking Machines and Equipment
  • Chemical Industry Machines
  • Rubber and Composition Working Machines
  • Plastic Processing Machinery
  • Compressed Gas and Air Cylinders
  • Electric Welding, Cutting and Heating
  • Occupational Noise
  • Ergonomics
  • HVAC Systems
  • Respiratory Protection
  • Confined Spaces
  • Process Safety Management
  • Hazard Communication
  • Regulated Carcinogens
  • Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • HAZWOPER
  • Flammable Liquids, Gases, and Vapors
  • Fire Protection
  • Occupational Injury or Illness Reports and Records
  • Low-Voltage Electrical Safety Orders

Regulations Covered

  • Cal-OSHA's General Industry Safety Orders 8 CCR 2305, 2320, 2340, 2350, 2360, 2380, 2390, 2395, 2400, 2418, 2420, 2473, 2480, 2484, 2485, 2500, 2505, 2510, 2533, 2534, 2540, 2571, 2585, 2586, 3203, 3204, 3209 - 3235, 3270 - 3278, 3292 - 3299, 3314, 3317 - 3320, 3328, 3339 - 3341, 3360 - 3368, 3380 - 3387, 3390, 3395, 3400, 3480 - 3482, 3556, 3575 - 3583, 36 - 3669, 3701 - 3706, 4184 - 4188, 4189 - 4216, 4225 - 4243, 4260 - 4266, 4296 - 4324, 4565 - 4570, 4579 - 4592, 4600 - 4601, 4649, 4650, 4657, 4850 - 4853, 5095 - 5100, 5110, 5139 - 5149, 5156 - 5158, 5160 - 5168, 5189, 5191, 5192, 5193, 5194, 5194.1, 5203, 5204, 5205, 5206, 5208, 5210, 5211, 5214, 5416, 5417, 5418, 5420, 6150, 6151, 6165, 6170, 6175, 6180, 6181, 6182, 6183, 6184, 14000 - 14001, 14005, 14300

Texas Air

For industrial facilities located in the state of Texas, this module contains select full text air pollution control regulations published by TCEQ and guides the user through regulatory compliance requirements drawn from those full text regulations. It may be used as a stand-alone system or as an Add-On Module to the standard Dakota Federal System.

Major Topics

  • General Air Quality Rules
  • Permits By Rule
  • Control of Air Pollution from Visible Emissions
  • Control of Air Pollution from Volatile Organic Compounds
  • New Source Review Permits (full text regulations with organizational framework for recording facility-specific requirements)
  • Control of Air Pollution from Nitrogen Compounds
  • Control of Air Pollution Episodes
  • Federal Operating Permits Program (full text regulations with organizational framework for recording facility-specific requirements)

Regulations Covered

  • 30 TAC Chapter 101 - General Air Quality Rules
  • 30 TAC Chapter 106 - Permits By Rule (Subchapters A, B, G, K, O, P, T, U, V, W, X)
  • 30 TAC Chapter 111, Subchapter A, Division 1 - Visible Emissions
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter B, Division 1 - VOC Storage
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter B, Division 2 - Vent Gas Controls
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter B, Division 3 - Water/Oil Separation
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter B, Division 4 - Industrial Wastewater
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter C, Divisions 1 - VOC Loading/Unloading
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter C, Division 2 - Motor Vehicle Fuel Dispensing
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter D, Division 2 & 3 - Petroleum Refineries & Petrochemicals - Fugitive Emissions
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter E, Division 1 - Solvent Degreasing Machines
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter H, Division 1 - HRVOC Vent Gas Controls
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter H, Division 2 - HRVOC Cooling Towers
  • 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter H, Division 3 - HRVOC Fugitive Emissions
  • 30 TAC Chapter 116 - New Source Review permits
  • 30 TAC Chapter 117, Subchapter B, Division 1 – Beaumont-Port Arthur Ozone Nonattainment Area Major Sources
  • 30 TAC Chapter 117, Subchapter B, Division 3 – Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Ozone Nonattainment Area Major Sources
  • 30 TAC Chapter 117, Subchapter C, Division 3 – Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Ozone Nonattainment Area Utility Generation


Texas Health

For industrial facilities located in the state of Texas, this module contains select full text health protection regulations published by the Texas Department of State Health Services and guides the user through the regulatory compliance requirements drawn from those full text regulations. It may be used as a stand-alone system or as an Add-On Module to the standard Dakota Federal System.

Major Topics

  • Radiation Control
  • Licensing of Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)
  • Laser and Intense Pulse Light Device Registration
  • Asbestos Health Protection
  • Mold Assessment and Remediation

Regulations Covered

  • 25 TAC 289, Sections 202, 203, 205, 251, 252 and 259 – Radiation Control
  • 25 TAC 289, Subchapter F, Section 259 - Licensing of NORM
  • 25 TAC 289, Subchapter G, Section 301 – Laser and Intense Pulse Light Device Registration
  • 25 TAC 295, Subchapter C, Sections 31-73 – Asbestos Health Protection
  • 25 TAC 295, Subchapter J, Sections 301-338 – Mold Assessment and Remediation

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