OSHA is increasingly focused on enforcement of its Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard (29 CFR 1910.119). Covered employers must implement very strict controls and adhere to a rigorous set of operating procedures. However, determining if your operations are covered is not always easy. For operations like chemical facilities, it may be obvious that the PSM standard applies. But many other operations, such as food manufacturers, can also fall under the PSM requirements.
Under PSM, a “process” includes almost any activity involving a highly hazardous chemical, including any use, storage, manufacturing, handling, or the on-site movement of these chemicals, or combination of these activities. The standard applies to any establishment having a “process” that involves either:
The definition of “process” extends beyond a simple tank and includes interconnected vessels, as well as separate vessels that could impact each other if a release were to occur.
There are some exemptions for certain processes and facilities that otherwise would fall under the PSM standard. These exemptions are:
All establishments that have chemical processes should assess their operations for coverage under the Process Safety Management standard.
The Process Safety Management standard requires training employees, as do many other OSHA regulations. By using our OSHA General Industry Training at a Glance chart, you can quickly determine which regulations include training provisions and see an overview of the requirements.
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