Process Safety Management (PSM) Programs

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This course is designed to help managers and supervisors who work at industrial process plants understand their responsibilities for preventing or minimizing the consequences of a catastrophic release of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive highly hazardous chemicals, or HHCs, from a chemical process. The content in this course is designed to overview the 14 mandatory elements of the OSHA Process Safety Standard, OSHA 1910.119, with a focus on understanding of the reasons for the required PSM elements.

The 14 mandatory elements of the PSM standard are reviewed in four broad categories; employee participation and training considerations, procedures and documentation, equipment maintenance, and emergency planning and response.

This course was developed with subject matter support provided by DEKRA Process Safety – Global Experts in Safety and Process Safety. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

Target Audience
Supervisors and managers working in industrial process plants


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Lesson Objectives

Process Safety Management (PSM) Programs

  • Process Safety Management (PSM) Programs
  • identify the characteristics of a Process Safety Management program
  • Knowledge Check: The Process Safety Management Standard
  • identify the responsibilities of line managers and supervisors for creating and maintaining a safety culture in potentially hazardous manufacturing processes
  • Knowledge Check: Manager and Supervisor Responsibilities
  • describe the elements of a Process Safety Management program which deal with personnel and training
  • Knowledge Check: Participation and Training
  • describe the contents of each of the elements of a Process Safety Management program that must be documented
  • Knowledge Check: Process Documentation and Procedures
  • recognize key elements of Process Safety Management programs related to equipment maintenance and work processes
  • Knowledge Check: Equipment Maintenance
  • identify the elements of an Emergency Action Plan
  • investigate incidents which resulted in, or could have resulted in a catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemical in the workplace
  • Knowledge Check: Emergency Planning and Response
  • recognize the PSM elements applicable to a chemical refinery accident
  • Knowledge Check: Case Study: Texas City Chemical Refinery
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