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Ebook: Process Safety Management



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Ebook: Process Safety Management

Overview

The nature of Process Safety Management (PSM) can be understood by examining its component words. 

 

The first word is Process. PSM is concerned with process issues such as fires and the release of toxic gases, as distinct from occupational safety issues, such as trips and falls.


The second word is Safety. Although an effective PSM program improves all aspects of a facility's operation, the initial driving force for most PSM programs was the need to meet a safety regulation, and to reduce safety incidents related to process upsets and hazardous materials releases.


The third word is Management. In this context a manager is taken to be anyone who has some degree of control over the process, including operators, engineers and maintenance workers. Effective control of an operation can only be achieved through the application of good management practices.

 

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS 2007b) provides guidance as to what constitutes a PSM event:

  • It must involve a chemical or have chemical process involvement;

  • It must be above a minimum reporting threshold;

  • It must occur at a process location; and

  • The release must be acute, i.e., it must occur over a short period of time.

PSM is not new; indeed it has always been an integral part of the process industries. Companies have always carried out activities such as the writing of procedures, planning for emergencies, training of operators and the investigation of incidents. But it was in the late 1980s and early 1990s that PSM programs became more formalized and regulated.
 

Although industry tended to resist these new regulations, they did force companies to complete their process safety work promptly. Prior to the regulation there was a tendency to put off tasks such as the writing of operating procedures "until we have time". OSHA required that most of the elements be implemented immediately. The standard put managers' feet to the fire.

Contents

Introduction
Elements of PSM
Non-Prescriptive / Performance / Risk Based
Definition of Process Safety Management
Fundamentals of PSM
  Safe Limits
  Set Point Values
  Operating, Safe and Emergency Limits
Management
  Involvement
  Thoroughness
  Holistic

Other Materials

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Purchasing Information

This video comes as part of a package; it includes:

  • The video
  • The ebook
  • The storyboard to go with the video
  • The test
This package can be downloaded here.

About the Author

Ebook: Process Safety Management

Ian Sutton is a chemical engineer with over 40 years experience in the process industries. He has worked on the design and operation of offshore platforms, refineries, chemical plants, pipelines and minerals processing facilities.


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