Today’s evolving digital transformation has many manufacturing facilities looking to update or migrate their legacy control systems. As part of the planning process, mitigating safety risks and hazards should be high on a facility’s priority list. The potential for an accidental release of highly hazardous chemicals can occur at any time if they are not properly controlled.
Process safety management (PSM) concerns the unexpected releases of toxic, reactive, or flammable liquids and gases in processes involving highly hazardous chemicals. A PSM program must follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.119 - Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals standard, which contains requirements for managing highly hazardous chemicals.
In a PSM covered area, manufacturing facilities must verify that they operate hazardous processes in a safe manner. They must validate the safety of their process, which requires performing a risk analysis of the process and associated safeguards to determine the probability of a dangerous event occurring.
For significant projects, such as a control system update or migration, process hazard analyses and other elements in a PSM standard should be included as part of the design and implementation plan. Also, manufacturers should request spare parts, storage/maintenance requirements related to the control systems hardware used in PSM covered processes.
To incorporate a safer work environment overall, how can you reduce risk and ensure your process operates at acceptable levels? The below steps will help get you started:
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