March 2010

Safety/Loss Prevention

Ensuring safe operations when fulfilling action item requirements

Consider implementing this criteria to accurately document the process

Smith, D., White, J., Smith & Burgess LLC

The intent of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) process safety management (PSM) standard is to ensure that facilities operate in the safest possible manner. This includes the time between identifying a deficiency and resolving that deficiency. The tracking system required by the standard is intended to make sure necessary safety precautions are in place to ensure that the safest possible conditions exist until modifications can be made. A common mistake in action item tracking systems is the lack of documentation for how the facility will operate safely until the change is implemented. In some cases, no change in operations may be required; but, in either case, there i

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