One of the key elements in any effective Process Safety Management (PSM) program is the Emergency Preparedness plans and procedures. However, poor or inadequate emergency planning or response has been a recurring finding in the Process Industry. Establishment of a sound emergency response plan is vital in safeguarding not only employees and the community, but also in minimizing facility damage and environmental releases.
The present study focuses on the results from 16 PSM audits performed by ioMosaic between 2010 and 2016, at several different Chemical Process Industry (CPI) facilities. On the one hand, we have evaluated how well these facilities complied with the requirements of the OSHA PSM Standard (29 CFR 1910.119). On the other hand, the data from the audit findings has been compiled and statistically processed in order to specifically assess the findings related to Emergency Planning and Response, one of the 14 elements of the OSHA PSM.
All covered facilities require compliance audits every three years. These audits serve as the ongoing quality assurance process for the process safety management systems.
Figure 1 – 14 Elements of the OSHA PSM Standard
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