PSM for Managers

Course Description:

The purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) OSHA Rule for Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (29 CFR 1910.119) is to prevent releases of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHC) that have the potential to cause catastrophic fires, explosions, or toxic exposures. This PSM objective is achieved by integrating 14 elements into the management of facilities, technology, and personnel. This PSM for Managers Course will provide a brief understanding of the 14 elements and common implementation approaches and deficiencies.


1 day


Upon completion, all participants will receive 7 hours of Professional Development Hours.

Target Audience:

The PSM for Managers Training Course is designed for those who have direct accountability for implementing and maintaining the PSM program. Suggested groups includes:

  • Senior Managers
  • PSM Managers
  • Engineering Managers
  • Front Line Supervisors

Course Topics:

  • PSM Overview: How it arrived
  • EPA RMP: Relationship to PSM
  • PSM Requirements: Overview & Observations
  • Employee Involvement:
    • Program Involvement Activities
    • Participation vs. Responsibility
  • Process Safety Information:
    • Importance (Use & Maintenance)
    • Effect of Other Elements
    • Organizational Approaches
  • Process Hazard Analysis:
    • Common Methods
    • Importance of Good Data & Participation
    • Link to Studies (i.e. Facility Siting & Relief Studies)
  • Operating Procedures:
    • Maintaining Accurate Procedures
    • Importance of Ease of Use
    • When Practices Deviate
  • Training:
    • Common Approaches
    • Operator Skills vs. Procedures
    • Resource Needs
  • Contractors:
    • Which Contractors
    • Training Methods
    • Tracking Contractors
  • Pre-Startup Safety Review:
    • Examples of Startup Requirements
    • Resource Involvement
    • Tracking
  • Mechanical Integrity of Equipment:
    • Common Scheduling Issues
    • Tracking
    • Deficiency Management / Resolution
  • Hot Work Permit:
    • Permit Setup
  • Management of Change:
    • Resource Involvement
    • Effect of Other Elements
    • Pitfalls
  • Incident Investigation:
    • Type of Incidents
    • Resource Involvement
    • Approaches
  • Emergency Preparedness:
    • Example of Plan Elements
    • Plan Maintenance
  • Compliance Audits:
    • Extent of Auditing
    • Tracking Compliance
    • Resources Involved
  • Trade Secrets
  • PSM Implementation
  • PSM Auditing
  • PSM Action Item Management: Generation, Consolidation, Resolution, & Tracking
  • Typical Capital Intensive Requirements
  • PSM: Planning, Organize, & Control

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