Process Safety Management (PSM)

In recent history, catastrophic accidents in the chemical industry have drawn attention to the safety of processes involving highly hazardous chemicals.

The disastrous Union Carbide chemical leak in 1984 in the city of Bhopal, India, released about 45 tons of methyl isocyanate, killing thousands leaving millions of others with respiratory problems, eye irritation or blindness, and other maladies. The 1989 Phillips disaster at the company’s Houston Chemical Complex facility near Pasadena, Texas, was a series of explosions and fire that registered 3.5 on the Richter scale, killed 23 employees, and left hundreds injured.

In response to these tragic accidents, on February 24, 1992, OSHA implemented the Final Rule for Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals. Officially adopted in 1996, OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.119 established uniform policies, procedures, standard clarifications, and compliance guidance for enforcement of the standard for Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals. The standard, which was intended to eliminate or mitigate the consequences of harmful releases, emphasizes the application of management controls when addressing the risks associated with handling or working near hazardous chemicals.

EHS Support’s PSM experts work closely with clients to conduct comprehensive inspections under the PSM standard that evaluate the procedures used by the client and other stakeholders to manage the hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous chemicals.

  • Employee Participation Program Development
  • Process Safety Information
  • Hazard Analysis of Equipment in the Process
  • Process Hazard Analysis – You must have a documented analysis of your process
  • Training for PSM/Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Contractor Awareness/Training
  • Pre-Startup Safety Review
  • Mechanical Integrity Program Development
  • Hot Work Program Development
  • Management of Change Program Development
  • Incident Investigation Program Development
  • Emergency Planning and Response Program Development
  • Compliance Audits (3-year or as needed)
  • RMP – Risk Management Program (EPA’s version of PSM from OSHA)

EHS Support’s team of experts have experience in identifying the potential risks associated with hazardous chemicals and how to store, transport, and use them in a way that ensures the safety of your employees and the surrounding communities. We also understand the complex regulations and work closely with you to develop comprehensive process safety management solutions that meet OSHA’s standard and ensure the safety of all stakeholders.

For more information on EHS Support’s Process Safety Management services, contact Sr. Health & Safety Specialist Allen Mires at 806-231-8162 or allen.mires@ehs-support.com.

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