A Blueprint for Building an OSHA Compliant PSM Facility

Part 1 of 2 Anvil Whitepapers describing PSM systems and how to create effective PSM management.

Written by: Matt Hula, Anvil Resource Manager - Process, with Linda Ricard

Published April, 2024

Part 1: A Blueprint for Building an OSHA Compliant PSM Facility

 

Large PSM-compliant facilities drive down risk by implementing and maintaining a centralized Process Safety Management (PSM) system based on the fourteen elements in OSHA’s PSM standard. PSM is an “early warning and risk avoidance system.” PSM is designed to detect and eliminate hazards embedded in critical systems. This includes infrastructure, equipment, operating procedures, or human error before they turn into catastrophic events. (e.g., fire, explosion, release of toxic chemicals, injury, or death).

PSM means continually monitoring and measuring leading/lagging indicators. By applying key performance indicators (KPIs) and aggregated Safety Performance Indicators (SPIs), clients ensure the health and quality of the system. This is especially important when modifying, upgrading or updating processes and documentation. 1

With a robust PSM system in place, automated processing units are regularly monitored and documented for operational issues to prevent an incident from becoming a major event. For example, automated processing units are regularly monitored and documented for operational issues. This is to prevent an incident from becoming a major event.

Compared to larger PSM compliant facilities, smaller non-PSM facilities are not regulated by the same industry codes and standards as larger PSM facilities due to the degree of risk associated.

Consequently, smaller facilities may also not have the same level of capital, capacity, technologies, etc. to build their own PSM system. Often, these smaller non-PSM facilities also lack industry specific guidance documents, proper employee safety skills and training and more.

 

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PSM 1 - A Blueprint for building an OSHA-Compliant PSM Facility

 

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PSM 1 – A Blueprint for building an OSHA-Compliant PSM Facility.pdf

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