The essentiality of process-safety management

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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Loss of Life in the workplace is a tragedy of enormous proportion. One of the tools the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) uses to eliminate workplace disasters is the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard issued in 1992. Questions have arisen about whether the standard is sufficient and whether it should be amended. The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) says revision is necessary, but OSHA disagrees.

Shortly after OSHA proposed the PSM standard, the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) were enacted; Section 304 requires OSHA to issue a chemical process safety standard to prevent accidental releases of chemicals.

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