Process Safety Management (PSM)

Risk-Based Process Safety (RBPS)

•PSM is a framework for identifying and managing process risks.

What you’ll learn

  • To provide a general background of Process Safety Management (PSM) and its basic structure..
  • To briefly discuss the evolution of PSM and its elements..
  • To understand the Risk-Based Process Safety (RBPS) system..
  • To study 14 elements and 20 elements PSM system..

Course Content

  • Process Safety Management (PSM) –> 6 lectures • 2hr 35min.

Process Safety Management (PSM)


  • No specific requirements for learning the concept of Process Safety Management (PSM)..

•PSM is a framework for identifying and managing process risks.

•It is a type of safety management system that is specific for the process industries.

•The ultimate goal of PSM is to prevent the occurrence of major hazard incidents which are not appropriately addressed through traditional occupational health and safety procedures.

•PSM strives to ensure all hazards of a process are identified and effectively managed for the lifetime of the process, regardless of changes in personnel, organization, or environment.

•In fact, PSM is the proactive application of management principles to a process for the prevention of loss of containment events.

PSM system is founded on four themes:

1) Commitment of management and corporate objectives to PSM.

2) Hazard assessment, including process knowledge and hazard identification.

3) Risk management such as managing change in the process and change in personnel.

4) Continual improvement such as furthering employee competency, enhancing process safety, etc.

•OSHA’s process safety management (PSM) program is divided into 14 elements.

•OSHA (CFR 1910.119) defines all 14 elements of PSM plan.

1. Process Safety Information

2. Process Hazard Analysis

3. Operating Procedures

4. Training

5. Contractors

6. Mechanical Integrity

7. Hot Work

8. Management of Change

9. Incident Investigation

10. Compliance Audits

11. Trade Secrets

12. Employee Participation

13. Pre-Startup Safety Review (PSSR)

14. Emergency Planning and Response

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) – American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) –

Risk-Based Process Safety Management (RBPS) – 20 Elements

1. Process Safety Culture

2. Compliance with Standards

3. Process Safety Competency

4. Workforce Involvement

5. Stakeholder Outreach

6. Process Knowledge Management

7. Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)

8. Operating Procedures

9. Safe Work Practices

10. Asset Integrity and Reliability

11. Contractor Management

12. Training and Performance Assurance

13. Management of Change (MOC)

14. Operational Readiness

15. Conduct of Operations

16. Emergency Management

17. Incident Investigation

18. Measurement and Metrics

19. Auditing

20. Management Review and Continuous Improvement


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