Antea Group was contracted by a large, advanced materials organization to provide a Process Safety Management and Risk Management Program compliance audit of a specialty ceramics manufacturing facility in New Hampshire. Processing at the facility is related to the crystalline growth of materials used in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Processing at the facility involved hazardous substances regulated under OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard and EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) regulation. The overall objective of the project was to evaluate the worker risks and regulatory compliance associated with the operation of the facility and to provide recommendations for appropriate corrective action.
Antea Group provided a comprehensive compliance audit for the facility and its operations. This audit was carried out in order to meet requirements with OSHA General Industry Standards under 29 CFR 1910.119(o) covering Process Safety Management compliance audits and EPA’s standard 40 CFR 68.79 covering Risk Management Program auditing. Also considered were the following consensus standards:
- NFPA 30 Flammable & Combustible Liquids Code
- NFPA 55 Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Code
- Various documents from the Compressed Gas Association (CGA)
Client benefits included reduced risks for their employees who work in the facility and the client having a defined pathway for compliance in their operation. The assessment provided either a confirmation of the appropriateness of existing safety systems or a technical basis for upgrading site process safety programs or operating equipment.