Largely due to catastrophes in the oil industry, OSHA issued its first Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations in 1992. Designed to encourage the safer manufacture, storage and handling of highly hazardous chemicals (HHC), these regulations are largely contained within the Chemical Facilities PSM National Emphasis Program, often known as the PSM-NEP.
The PSM-NEP has seen several updates since its creation, and the last decade has seen quite an uptick in relevant infractions. In fact, from 2010 to 2017, OSHA issued more than 69 PSM enforcement cases. To ensure your company stays compliant, avoids fines and continues to improve employee safety, use the following tips to give your Process Safety Management program a boost.