Surviving and thriving in era of enhanced OSHA PSM audits
The US agency is developing special emphasis programs to target specific industries, notably refining and chemicals, with owners facing rigid inspections and stiffer fines.
Over the past two decades, the US Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) has put in place regulatory
programs to protect the safety of workers in industrial plants.
One such program is the process safety management (PSM)
standard, which contains requirements for preventing or
minimizing the consequences of catastrophic releases of toxic,
reactive, flammable or explosive chemicals. More recently, OSHA
has developed special emphasis programs to target specific
industries, notably the petroleum refining and chemical
industries, and enhanced its auditing processes and inspection
priorities. Result: Owners are facing tougher
inspections and stiffer fines. Here are some insights into what
this means for owners, managers and operators today.
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