Process Safety Management
Process safety management is an analytical tool focused on preventing releases of any substance defined as a “highly hazardous chemicals” by the EPA or OSHA.Process Safety Management (PSM) refers to a set of inter-related approaches to manage hazards associated with the process industries and is intended to reduce the frequency and severity of incidents resulting from releases of chemicals and other energy sources. These standards are composed of organizational and operational procedures, design guidance, audit programs, and a host of other methods.
Process Safety Management Elements
The Risk based Process Safety Management System consists of 20 elements:
- Top Management Involvement and Commitment
- Institutionalizing Risk Based Approach
- Process Safety Knowledge Management
- Process Safety Competency
- Employee participation
- Process Safety Information
- Process Hazard Analysis
- Operating Procedures
- Management of Change
- Pre-Start up Safety Review
- Safe work practices (Work Permit Systems)
- Asset integrity
- Contractor control
- Process Incident Investigation
- Emergency response planning
- Measurement and Metrics
- Compliance audits
- Trade secrets
- Management Review
Benefits of the Risk Based Process Safety Management System:
- Proactive management system focuses on avoiding incidents.
- Safer workplace for employees.
- Reduced risk of adverse environmental impact.
- Compliance with current industry codes, standards and practices.
- Reduces downtime and losses.
- Reduces risk to nearby communities.
- Integrates with existing quality, environmental and safety management systems.