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How to start implementing the Process Safety Management Program from Zero

The Chemical Center of Process Safety published a safety beacon in February 2014 titled “Are we reliving past incidents?” The answer was yes.

The Chemical Safety Board is the organization that has investigated a lot of the industrial disasters in the USA or inclusive outside of the country.

In its web page, they published the incident investigation reports, they released and tracked the recommended actions items to mitigate the consequences of the incidents to avoid recurrence in the future,

They have found in recent investigations the following characteristics.

  1.    Recurrence of incidents.
  2.    Lack of knowledge of certain aspects of the chemicals handled and of the process.
  3.    Lack of systematic approach of tracking recommended actin from previous incidents.
  4.    Lack of assessment of certain aspects of the operation.

Therefore, the question is how can we help companies that are under the OSHA 1910.119 (14 elements)? and they do not have a process safety management program implemented

As these organizations see that the program has 14 elements or if you want the risk-based process safety, the company need to implement the 20 items.

The question is where do I need to start?

Here are the 4 steps on how organizations can start implementing the Process Safety Management System from Zero.

 

Step 1: Establish a system to collect the process safety information:

  

The knowledge element involves work activities associated with compiling, cataloging, and making available a specific set of data that is usually recorded in a paper or electronic format. However, knowledge implies understanding, not merely compiling data. In that respect, the competency element complements the knowledge element in that it helps ensure that users can accurately interpret and understand the information that is collected as part of this aspect.

Step 2: Conduct Process Hazard Analysis.

Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis is a collective term that encompasses all activities involved in identifying hazards and evaluating risk at facilities, throughout their life cycle, to make sure that risks to employees, the public, and the environment are consistently controlled within the organization’s risk tolerance.

Step 3: Implement Management of Change.

The MOC element helps ensure that changes to a process do not inadvertently introduce new hazards or unknowingly increase the risk of existing hazards. It also includes steps to help provide that potentially affected personnel are notified of the change and that pertinent documents, such as procedures, process safety knowledge, and other essential information, are kept up-to-date.

Step 4: Develop the Incident Investigation Program.

  • Incident investigation is a process for reporting, tracking, and investigating incidents that include: (1) a formal process for investigating incidents, including staffing, performing, documenting, and tracking investigations of process safety incidents and (2) the trending of incident and incident investigation data to identify recurring incidents. This process also manages the resolution and documentation of recommendations generated by the investigations.

The benefits of implement these first four steps are the following:

  • No recurrence of incidents.
  • Knowledge of all aspects of the process.
  • Systematic approach of tracking recommended actin from previous incidents that will allow to learn from the experience.
  • You will assess all possible aspects of the operation.

    What do you think your organization would look like if you actually did all of the four steps. Do you want to find out?

If you are interested, I suggest you contact me.

Best Regards

Edgar Fernandez

Safefficient Limited.

Brantford ON, Canada

613-464-0562

edgarfernandez@pharma-chemicalsafety.com