WHAT IS PSM AND WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

If you work with highly hazardous chemicals at a gas plant or ammonia facility, you may have heard someone mentioning PSM. But what is PSM and why should you care?

PSM stands for process safety management and is a regulation (29 CFR 1910.19) created by OSHA in 1992 due to a rise in catastrophic events.

In 1984, one of the worst incidents in the industry occurred where over 2000 people died due to a chemical release in Bhopal, India. Five years later in 1989, an explosion at a petroleum facility in Pasadena, TX resulted in over a hundred injuries and 23 fatalities. Just a few years later, two deaths occurred from an explosion in Cincinnati, OH in 1990 and eight fatalities due to a chemical release in Sterlington, LA in 1991.

PSM consists of 14 elements intended to help eliminate and/or mitigate the hazards at a facility to ensure a safe workplace for employees.

  1. Employee Participation

  2. Process Safety Information

  3. Process Hazard Analysis

  4. Operating Procedures

  5. Training

  6. Contractors

  7. Pre-Startup Safety Review

  8. Mechanical Integrity Program

  9. Hot Work

  10. Management of Change

  11. Incident Investigation

  12. Emergency Planning and Response

  13. Compliance Audits

  14. Trade Secrets

PSM is just a framework for managing process safety, but how PSM is implemented is determined by each facility or process owner. At Process & Safety Solutions, we care about the purpose of each element rather than focusing on PSM as a regulation to simply be complied with.

Contact us today to get started with a workplace safety and productivity audit