OSHA Process Safety Management and EPA Risk Management Plans

OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM)

In 1992, the OSHA standard “Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals” was issued in the Federal Register. This standard is more commonly referred to as “PSM”. The standard was developed to give requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous chemicals to help assure safe and healthful workplaces. Risk Management Professionals is dedicated to work with facility staff to have a comprehensive plan. The PSM contains fourteen elements, which are titled:

  • Process Safety Information (PSI)
  • Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)
  • Operating Procedures (OP)
  • Employee Participation
  • Training
  • Contractors
  • Pre-Startup Safety Review (PSSR)
  • Mechanical Integrity (MI)
  • Hot Work Permit
  • Management Of Change (MOC)
  • Incident Investigation
  • Emergency Planning & Response
  • Compliance Audit
  • Trade Secrets

EPA Risk Management Plans (RMP)

In June of 1996 in accordance with the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, the EPA issued the “Risk Management Program for Chemical Accidental Release Prevention.” This program is commonly referred to as “RMP”. The goal of this regulation is to protect workers and the public from the effects of an accidental release of highly hazardous chemicals. Risk Management Professionals has spent the last fifteen years working with facilites all over the Country developing and maintaining compliant RMP’s. The RMP has the following major elements:

  • Hazard Assessment and Offsite Consequence Analysis
  • An Integrated Prevention Program (Consistent with the 14 PSM elements)
  • A 5-Year Release History for the Facility
  • An Overall Management System to Supervise the Program Elements

RMP’s exposure to a large spectrum of industrial applications allows the introduction of lessons learned and industry insights to be folded into the RMP/PSM Programs. This allows for the most efficient and user friendly application of the regulations.

Not sure whether your facility is required to comply with RMP/PSM? Contact Us for an Applicability Assessment.