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Health and Safety Programs, Assessment and Compliance

Process Safety Management and Risk Management Program Consulting

Expert guidance for facility and operational compliance

In the United States, many facilities face the challenge of navigating regulatory requirements associated with the management of hazardous chemicals. Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed standards for industry to follow related to the safe processing, handling and storage of “highly hazardous chemicals” under OSHA, and ”regulated toxic and flammable substances” under EPA.

TRC’s experts help you determine applicable requirements for your facility and develop and implement effective safety and compliance-focused programs.

OSHA’s Process Safety Management for Highly Hazardous Chemicals

Process Safety Management (PSM) is a framework program developed by OSHA to reduce safety risks to employees and contractors associated with processes utilizing highly hazardous chemicals, thereby avoiding potential incidents such as fires, spills or explosions. To be effective, the PSM program requires proactive management and continual improvement to properly mitigate and control risks.

Benefits of an Effective PSM Program

The development, implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive PSM program can significantly lower or avoid incidents at an applicable facility by eliminating or minimizing the release of highly hazardous chemicals. Other benefits include prevention of injuries, decrease in down time, improvement in safety culture, stabilizing business continuity and reducing response times to incidents. Also, companies that implement and maintain an effective PSM program demonstrate corporate responsibility by ensuring the health and safety of employees and preventing harm to the environment and surrounding community.

EPA’s Chemical Accident Prevention and Risk Management Plan

Facilities that are subject to OSHA’s PSM program requirements are also likely obligated to meet the requirements under EPA’s Chemical Accident Prevention rule to communicate and manage risks to communities and the environment. Known as the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule, it requires facilities with covered processes that use a regulated substance at or above the chemical-specific threshold quantity to develop, implement and maintain an RMP.

TRC Can Help: Maintain Safety and Compliance with our Hazardous Chemical Consulting Solutions

TRC supports all aspects and requirements of OSHA’s Process Safety Management for Highly Hazardous Chemicals and EPA’s Chemical Accident Prevention/Risk Management Program. Our highly experienced engineers and consultants can help you develop a plan for creating compliant PSM and RMP programs, evaluate your existing programs and help you prepare for likely regulatory agency compliance audits. Our PSM and RMP program engineers and consultants have decades of experience and hold prestigious safety and environmental professional certifications like CSP, ASP, PE, CPEA and CPSA. We assist a range of industries including Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Pulp and Paper, Food and Beverage, Consumer Products, Renewable Energy, Hydrogen Production, Battery Systems and others with the development, maintenance and improvement of PSM and/or RMP programs that are complaint with all applicable regulatory requirements.

Our Services Include:

  • Process Hazard Analysis (PHA): Identification of the Hazards associated with your covered PSM process(es)
  • Operating Procedures: Development of Operating Procedures for your covered processes regarding normal, emergency and startup/shutdown operations
  • Training: Development and delivery of training modules aligned with the facility PSM program to enhance proper implementation and compliance
  • Contractor Management: Development of programs for safety management of contractors of your facility to comply to PSM requirements
  • Pre-Startup Safety Review (PSSR): Safety review of your projects before being put into operation
  • Mechanical Integrity (MI): Development of programs for the long-term safety of your machines and equipment
  • Management of Change (MOC): Development of programs to avoid uncontrolled and unauthorized changes to your covered processes at the facility
  • Incident Investigation: Helping your organization investigate any incidents to learn from them and prevent recurrence
  • Regulatory Compliance Audits: Helping your organization conduct audits to assess compliance with the OSHA PSM requirements and fulfill the auditing requirements of OSHA’s PSM Standard

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