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Process Safety Management (PSM)

PSM is an Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) standard (29 CFR 1910.119) that applies to facilities that meet governing criteria.  The intent of the standard is to prevent and minimize the consequences of catastrophic releases of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals.  There are fourteen (14) different aspects addressed in the code:

  1. Process Safety Information (PSI)

  2. Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)

  3. Operating Procedures

  4. Training

  5. Contractors

  6. Mechanical Integrity (MI)

  7. Hot Work

  8. Management of Change

  9. Incident Investigation

  10. Compliance Audits

  11. Trade Secrets

  12. Employee Participation

  13. Pre-Startup Safety Review

  14. Emergency Planning and Response

Unexpected releases of toxic, reactive, or flammable liquids and gases in processes involving highly hazardous chemicals have been reported for many years.  Incidents continue to occur in various industries that use highly hazardous chemicals which may be toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive, or may exhibit a combination of these properties.  Regardless of the industry that uses these highly hazardous chemicals, there is a potential for an accidental release any time they are not properly controlled.  This, in turn, creates the possibility of disaster. 

 

However, when leveraged correctly, these elements in a process safety management program should be able to prevent fires, explosions, and the release of hazardous chemicals that could pose a safety risk to workers or the general public. 

(“Process Safety Management.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3132.html.)

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Even the most robust Process Safety Management program is dependent ​upon frequent maintenance and review to ensure the highest performance of a program - constant review of your PSM program is necessary to secure program integrity and strength.  Integral Engineering Group provides auditing of existing client PSM systems or assistance in the development of any or all of the fourteen aspects of PSM to ensure compliance with OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.119 and EPA RMP Regulation 40 CFR 68.

Experienced IE Group engineers determine our clients' degree of regulatory coverage and responsibility under OSHA and EPA RMP, providing justification for any client site process that is exempt from the regulations.  Every covered process is then thoroughly evaluated for each of the code's requirements through document review, personnel interviews, and hazard assessments.  Once evaluation is completed, we deliver an extensive report detailing the program's ability to satisfy the regulations and providing recommendations to correct and deficiencies found in the PSM program in relation to the code.  If desired, we can also organize and prepare client Risk Management Plans for EPA submission to satisfy EPA RMP regulation Subpart G.

If you have any questions or would like any additional information on the audit or development of PSM programs, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.

The Process Safety Lifecycle

An essential part of the Process Safety Lifecycle, a properly maintained Process Safety Management program is the element that has the ability to prevent fires, explosions, and the release of hazardous chemicals that could pose a safety risk to workers or the general public.  As OSHA and EPA codes are updated and as client plant processes are commissioned or modified, organizations should be continually evaluating their PSM programs to ensure regulatory compliance.

 

Our team has the knowledge, experience, and certifications to assemble a thorough PSM program evaluation report package to meet your needs.