PSM 309: Facility Siting

COURSE DESCRIPTION                                                                                  DURATION: 7 hours On Demand, 1 Day with LIVE trainer 9AM-4PM

This course is intended as an introduction to Facility Siting for advanced PSM practitioners.

The course includes modules regarding the following: Why do we do Facility siting, What is the Regulation?, How we do Facility Siting Analyses, How to Analyze Buildings, Identifying Scenarios, Types of consequences and the vulnerabilities of persons and buildings, What kinds of Software are available, Reporting a Facility Siting Study and Pitfalls of Facility Siting.

The course is organized in 24 modules for online self-paced study. Each module includes a brief 2-3 question quiz at the end of the module. Following the completion of the modules by all learners, the instructor will schedule an online live question and answer session. Following the Q&A session, there will exercises and an online graded quiz. Upon successful completion of the quiz with a score of 80% or better the learner will be provided a certificate. The quiz and certificate will satisfy the requirements of 1910.119(g)(3) to document employee training but will not satisfy all other training requirements under the OSHA 1910.119 Process Safety Management Standard for Training.


  • 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