Companies have implemented their process safety management programs to comply with OSHA and EPA requirements, but they continue to have accidents. Process safety management programs can meet the letter of the law, but may not be effective in preventing accidents. Traditional audit programs look at documentation and procedures, but do little to evaluate the program quality or effectiveness.
ioMosaic Corporation developed a quality process safety management audit protocol to dig below the surface of process safety programs and evaluate their quality. A particular focus of quality PSM audits is the process hazard analysis and management of change elements. For PHAs, we evaluated the availability of process safety information, implementation of the selected methodology, and criteria for making recommendations (typically using risk ranking).
Significant deficiencies in these areas were identified. Although prior audits had not identified any program deficiencies related to regulatory PSM requirements, a closer look at the quality of the procedures and training revealed significant issues that compromised the effectiveness of PHA and MOC programs. Recommendations were made to address these issues and improve the overall quality of these programs.
Our mission is to help you protect your people, your plant, your profits, and our planet. To learn more about how we can help you manage risk, call us at 1-844-ioMosaic.