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Process Safety Management

Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is process safety management?

Process safety management (PSM) establishes a comprehensive management program that integrates technologies, procedures, and management practices to mitigate the unexpected releases of toxic, reactive, or flammable liquids and gases in processes involving highly hazardous chemicals. 

What are the hazards associated with the process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals?

There is a potential for an accidental release any time highly hazardous chemicals are not properly controlled, creating the possibility of disaster resulting in employee fatalities and serious injuries, as well as extensive property damage.

Solutions

Solutions

What can I do to protect myself?

Employees should ensure that they have been informed about any chemical processes in their work area(s) and know about procedures associated with changes to these processes. Employers are required to ensure that employees have been trained about the health and physical hazards of chemicals in their work areas and about any processes involving any high hazardous chemicals.

What resources are available to assist employers?

Other relevant resources can be found on the A-Z topics pages for exits and exit routes, hazard communication, personal protective equipmentHAZWOPER, emergency action plans, ammonia/ammonia refrigeration, respiratory protection and fire prevention plans. In addition, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). The education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request.

 

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards applicable to process safety management in North Carolina:

Additional OSH standards that pertain to process safety management include the following:

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.