New Oil Refinery PSM Guidance

Monday, September 11, 2017 @ 02:09 PM gHale

A new guidance document released to help employers at oil refineries comply with the agency’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

PSM is critically important to facilities that store highly hazardous chemicals.

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Implementing the required safety programs helps prevent fires, explosions and large chemical spills. Process Safety Management for Petroleum Refineries reviews common instances of non-compliance with OSHA’s PSM standard in the petroleum refinery industry.

The document highlights PSM areas where OSHA issued the most citations during the Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program (NEP).

These areas include:
• Process Safety Information (PSI)
• Process Hazards Analysis (PHA)
• Operating Procedures
• Mechanical Integrity (MI)
• Management of Change (MOC)

Since the PSM standard ended up promulgated by OSHA in 1992, no other industry sector has had as many fatal or catastrophic incidents related to the release of highly hazardous chemicals (HHC) as the petroleum refining industry.

In response to this large number of fatal or catastrophic incidents, OSHA initiated CPL 03-00-004, the Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program (NEP), in June 2007.

The purpose of the NEP was to verify refinery employers’ compliance with PSM. After reviewing the citations issued for violations of the PSM standard under the NEP, OSHA discovered common instances of non-compliance in the petroleum refinery industry. OSHA recommends refineries review these common instances of non-compliance to ensure that they do not exist in their own PSM programs.

Click here to download the new guidance.

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