The process safety management standard set forth by federal regulations (see CFR 1910.119 and 40 CFR 68) targets chemical processes which involve certain highly hazardous chemicals (HHCs) that have the potential to cause a catastrophic incident if released. Such releases could result in toxic, fire or explosion hazards. If your facility operation involves one or more of the listed chemicals, at or above the threshold quantities spelled out in the regulations, then you may be required to develop and implement a process safety management (PSM) program.
The PSM standards sets forth guidelines that are intended to as a whole is to aid employers in their efforts to identify potential hazards in their processes and establish procedures which will prevent or mitigate episodic chemical releases that could lead to a catastrophe in the workplace and possibly to the surrounding community. Under the PSM standards, employers are require to develop the necessary expertise, experiences, judgment and proactive initiative within their workforce to properly implement and maintain an effective process safety management program as envisioned in the OSHA standard.
The various lines of defense that have been incorporated into the design and operation of the process to prevent or mitigate the release of hazardous chemicals need to be evaluated and strengthened to ensure their effectiveness at each level. Thus, the PSM standards are comprehensive in the subject matter addressed and include requirements regarding process safety information (PSI), process hazard analysis (PHA), operating procedures, training, contractors, pre-startup safety review (PSSR), mechanical integrity (MI), hot work permit, and management of change (MOC)
EEC has worked with several major industrial clients throughout the U.S. with the development, implementation and support of their PSM Program. EEC’s team of experienced engineers, field specialists and consultants can help you in evaluating and improving your existing PSM program or design and implement an effective process safety management program which is consistent with the requirements and intent of the process safety management standards.
EEC services, tailored to client-specific needs for their particular PSM program, are listed below. Our PSM Professionals consist of technical professionals with vast industrial knowledge and experience, passion for the engineering profession and a willingness to serve our clients needs. We take pride in our PSM efforts and feel that through our God-given talents we have been blessed with the ability to deliver excellence through servant leadership.
EEC’s Process Safety Management Services include:
- PSM Program Development and Implementation
- Process Safety Gap Assessment
- Compliance Audit
- Process Safety Information
- Process Hazard Analysis
- Operating Procedures
- Mechanical Integrity of Equipment
If you have not yet developed a PSM program for your facility, EEC can assist you in first determining if you are subject to the regulations and thus are required to have a formal PSM program in place at this time. Through the various projects that EEC has completed for clients over the past eight years, we have developed in-house personnel who can assist and guide you in establishing your PSM program guidance documents. EEC can help with your overall program or with individual element definition and program write-ups. Contact EEC for more information