Major Changes to the Risk Management Program Regulations

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Courtesy of All4 Inc.

On July 31, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) published potential revisions to the Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations, which are codified at 40 CFR Part 68.  U.S. EPA issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit and obtain information on specific regulatory elements regarding RMP and its closely-related standard regulated under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s), Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (29 CFR §1910.119; often referred to as PSM.  This action stems from an executive order signed by President Obama on August 1, 2013 that directed the Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group to carry out a number of tasks with the overall goal to prevent chemical accidents such as the explosion that occurred at West Fertilizer in West, Texas on April 17, 2013. To underscore the severity of the West incident, and one (1) of the major driving forces behind the RFI, please visit OSHA's website to review the associated citations.

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