Preventing High Risk Incidents with Process Safety Management

Preventing High Risk Incidents with Process Safety Management


On July 10, 1976, a chemical manufacturing plant in Seveso, Italy released the highest exposure of TCDD chemical known to date, affecting nearly 40,000 residents and devastating local wildlife. This chemical disaster resulted in the Seveso Directives that are today the main legislation in Europe put to prevent such occurrences.

Every day, highly hazardous chemicals are handled, meaning that companies face the same risk of exposing people and the environment. While it is impossible to predict when chemical incidents will occur, it is possible to take measures to prevent them. As such, there are Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations, like the Seveso Directives and U.S. OSHA PSM, put into place to help identify potential risks before they occur. Gensuite addresses these PSM regulations with management systems software to help prevent high risk incidents and to establish a culture of safety excellence.

While regulations like these benefit companies, their employees and the communities around them, they do pose numerous compliance challenges. One global diversified industrial services business struggled to meet PSM compliance before deploying Gensuite. They lacked a system for identifying PSM-related incidents, had limited corporate visibility to sites that fall under PSM-regulations and experienced overall difficulty establishing a standard for PSM across facilities. The company deployed Gensuite’s compliance and management software to serve as a central system to record and communicate PSM-related incidents, implement standard PSM reporting options across facilities, manage PSM activities at all sites from the corporate level and more.

By deploying a PSM management system, companies can achieve compliance with regulations such as…

EU Council Directive 2012/18/EU – Seveso III Directive

The EU Seveso III Directive controls major on-shore accidents involving hazardous substances in Europe. This Directive addresses the classification, labelling and packaging of hazardous substances, public access to hazardous information, actions to be taken after major accident, prohibition of use and standards of inspections.

OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119

OSHA created the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals—Compliance Guidelines and Enforcement Procedures to establish a set of uniform policies, procedures and standard clarifications to prevent or minimize the consequences of catastrophic releases of toxic, reactive, flammable or explosive chemicals, as such releases may cause serious toxic, fire or explosion hazards.

 U.S. EPA Title 40 CFR Part 68

This Risk Management Program issued by the U.S. EPA is composed of guidelines for compliance with Risk Management Program rules, addressing hazardous chemicals regulated by the EPA. These guidelines state PSM requirements including instructions to create a Risk Management plan composed of hazard assessment, prevention program and emergency response program descriptions.

Regulations like these exist and will continue to evolve to protect workers, their communities and the environment to prevent dangerous chemical releases. Compliance programs can help to prevent dangerous chemical disasters like the one in Seveso from happening – according to Specialty Chemicals Magazine, the first step to effective PSM programs is to establish your ‘what’, to establish:

What could go wrong?

How could it happen?

How bad could it be?

What should be done?

Is it being done?

Is it working?

Understanding risks & potential worst case scenarios and having a plan for action are core to PSM, but in addition to the ‘what’, a management system that can handle ‘how’ is key to implementing effective PSM.

Gensuite offers a broad array of reporting tools for performance management, insights and program analytics to help companies that handle dangerous chemicals to prevent their ‘what’ from happening. With 1,800+ sites using Gensuite to manage Process Safety Management requirements, you can trust our tools and our team to help you achieve compliance.

 

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