October 2000


What are process safety management audits telling operators?

It has been eight years since CFR 1910.119 was passed. Are companies really reaping the full benefits from safety audits and management programs?

D. JONES, W. FRANK and D. HOBBS,EQE International, an ABS-Group Co., Houston, Texas       Comments? Write: editorial@HydrocarbonProcessing.com On May 26, 1992, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) promulgated the final rule for 29 CFR Part 1910.119, The Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (PSM). This regulation was developed in response to a series of major incidents through the 1980s, beginning with the San Juanico, Mexico, and Bhopal, India, tragedies (400+ and 3,000+ fatalities respectively), and culminating in two explosions near Houston (1989 in Pasadena, with 23 fatalities, and 199

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