PSM 101: Developing an Effective Process Safety Management System

COURSE DESCRIPTION                                                                                 DURATION: 2 Days

This course provides an overview of the elements of Process Safety Management covered under the U.S. Occupational & Safety Health Act (OSHA) Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard, 29 CFR1910.119, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule, 40 CFR 68, established to reduce chemical accidents and manage the release of highly hazardous flammable and toxic chemicals. This course will demonstrate how to interpret these “performance-based” regulations and develop and implement a PSM program for a covered process required by the OSHA PSM regulation and EPA RMP rule. This course provides information on how to ensure your PSM program is designed to meet regulatory requirements and implemented through an effective management system to gain improve business performance.  This course will provide you the latest changes being proposed and their status in the rule making process to better equip you for the potential upcoming change. This course will go beyond the regulatory compliance and cover concepts on developing a culture of safety, metrics for continual improvement and principles of inherent safety. Industry best practices and lessons learnt will be shared.


  • Learn to determine if your facility is covered by OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 and EPA 40 CFR 68
  • Learn how to develop, review, update and implement effective PSM/RMP programs that meet regulatory requirements
  • Learn the principles behind each element and develop understanding to communicate and explain PSM requirements to others in your company who need to understand the issues

  • Managers, Supervisors
  • PSM Managers and Coordinators, Process Safety Engineers
  • Anyone who is involved and responsible for satisfying OSHA PSM regulatory requirements

  • None



Day 1

  • Introduction to PSM
  • What is Process Safety?
  • Personnel safety Vs. Process Safety
  • History of Accidents (e.g., Flixborough, Seveso, Bhopal, Mexico City, Pasadena, Texas City)
  • Performance Based and Prescriptive Regulations
  • Business Case for Process Safety
  • Covered Processes and Applicability of PSM and RMP
  • Elements of PSM
    • Employee Participation
    • Process Safety Information
    • Process Hazard Analysis
    • Operating Procedures
    • Training
    • Contractors
Day 2

  • Elements of PSM
    • Management of Change
    • Pre-Startup Safety Review
    • Mechanical Integrity
    • Hot Work Permit
    • Incident Investigation
    • Emergency Planning and Response
    • Compliance Audits
    • Trade Secrets
  • Management Systems for Implementation of Prevention Programs
  • Building a culture of Safety
  • Development of effective process safety metrics
  • Leading and Lagging Indicators
  • Introduction to inherent safety principles
  • Summary of roles and responsibilities
  • Sample Process Safety Management Manual