[LMS] PSM 309: Facility Siting

COURSE DESCRIPTION                                                                                  DURATION: 2 Days

PSRG is using hybrid learning for Facility Siting via TalentLMS platform. You will go through 24 modules that range from 5 minutes to 15 minutes each followed by a 2-3 question quiz for reinforcement. The system requires that each module be completed and the interim quizzes be passed before moving on to the next module. Upon completing the modules there is a scheduled live question and answer session, workshops, and exercises with PSRG’s trainer. Those are followed by a graded quiz online and issue of a certificate once you pass the final quiz. 

This course provides an overview of Facility Siting based on API standards (API 752/753/756). Facility siting study involves spacing and placement of buildings (both permanent and temporary) and equipment at safe distances in a chemical process plant. On the regulatory side, facilities covered by OSHA Process Safety Management Standard, 29 CFR 1910.119, must evaluate facility siting as part of the Process Hazard Analysis. Beyond the regulatory compliance, it can be used for existing facilities to identify potential safety concerns and help in the placement of new buildings or equipment at optimal distances. In this course, the participants will learn the use of standard industry practice for facility siting with practical examples.


  • Learn the different methods, both qualitative and quantitative, used to address facility siting concerns and their benefits and limitations
  • Learn to identify hazardous scenarios that could affect occupied buildings
  • Learn how facility siting study addresses spacing of process units; spacing between equipment and employees in occupied buildings and spacing between equipment and potential ignition sources
  • Learn to analyze if your facility has vulnerable locations of control rooms or other occupied buildings and whether a building can provide shelter-in-place


  • PSM Coordinators and Managers
  • Anyone who conducts or approves facility siting studies.


  • Understanding of Process Hazard Analysis techniques



Day 1


  • Introduction
  • Regulatory Background
    • OSHA PSM regulations
    • EPA’s Risk Management Rule
  • Industry Standards
    • API 752/API 753/API 756
    • CCPS Guidelines
  • Hazard Identification (identifying maximum credible event)
  • Building Modeling
    • Building Types
    • Portable Buildings
  • Congestion and Confinement Modeling
  • Types of Facility Siting Analysis
    • Risk vs Consequence
  • Hazard Analysis
    • Discharge
    • Dispersion
    • Toxic/Blast/Fire/Other Hazards
    • Results Analysis (Types of Models)
    • Shelter Vs Evacuation
Day 2


  • Occupant Vulnerability (OV) Determination
    • Building Analysis
    • Outdoor Areas
    • Occupancy Analysis
    • Toxic/Fire/Blast
    • API 753/756 (additional consideration for portable buildings and tents)
  • Risk Analysis
    • Risk Criteria (Individual and Societal)
    • Frequency Analysis
    • Additional Factors (weather, alternate operating modes)
  • Understanding and Managing Results
    • Consequence Results
    • Risk Results
    • Developing and evaluating mitigation options
    • Making Decisions