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PROCESS SAFETY MANAGEMENT

 

Process Safety Management (PSM)

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OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 requires the implementation of this program in an attempt to prevent or minimize the consequences of catastrophic releases of toxic, reactive, flammable or explosive chemicals.

 

Ammonia Threshold Quantities:  If you exceed the listed threshold quantities of hazardous materials stored on-site at any given time, then your company is subject to compliance with this program.

 

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Anhydrous Ammonia = 10,000 lbs

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Ammonium Hydroxide = 20,000 lbs (20% NH3 or greater)

 

R. M. Technologies will complete all written portions of this program in accordance with applicable regulations; submit the necessary paperwork to the proper governing agency and aid in the implementation of the program parts.   

 

13 Elements

Description

Employee Participation

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Requires a written plan of action documenting employee’s involvement in the PSM program.

 

Process Safety Information

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Requires the compilation of written process safety information on process chemicals, process technology and process equipment.

 

Process Hazard Analysis

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Requires using a specified process to conduct an analysis that contains hazards of the process, hazardous incident history, engineering and administrative controls, consequence and effects of control failure on employees.

 

Operating Procedures

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Requires written operating procedures covering each step of every operating phase, including operating limits, safety and health considerations and safety system functions.

 

Training

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Training of employees in safety and health hazards, emergency operations and safe work practices is required, at the minimum, every three (3) years.

 

Contractors

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Requires a written program including procedures to qualify contractors, a standard package of facility safety information and procedures to enforce safety rules and practices.

 

Pre-Start-Up Safety Review

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Mandates a safety review of new facilities and modified sites to confirm integrity of equipment, assurance that safety, operating, maintenance and emergency procedures are in place and to verify that a PHA has been performed.

 

Mechanical Integrity

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Requires written procedures documenting a system to verify the mechanical integrity of process equipment and dealing with deviations or problems discovered during the inspection process.

 

Hot Work Permits

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Requires written procedures documenting a permit system for hot work operations in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) guidelines.

 

Management Of Change

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Requires written procedures to assure that system changes are implemented safely.

 

Incident Investigation

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Requires the development of incident investigation procedures so a proper investigation is conducted of all incidents that resulted in or could have resulted in a catastrophic release.

 

Emergency Planning And Response

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Requires the development and implementation of a written emergency action plan or an emergency response plan in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38 guidelines.

 

Compliance Audits

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Requires the development and implementation of an audit program to assure compliance with process safety requirements every three (3) years.

 

 

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