November 2012

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

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.

Reese, C., SSOE Group; Taylor, B., Midland Engineering

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 in

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