PSID is an easily accessible, secure database that tracks process safety incidents with a focus on the lessons learned from the reports. Participants use the database to pool and share process safety incident experience among participating companies so they can learn from the experiences of others without suffering the consequences of failures, while minimizing corporate liability. PSID contains incidents and near misses that did or could have resulted in fires, explosions, fatalities, multiple injuries, and significant release of hazardous materials. PSID supplements a company's internal incident database, improves hazard assessments, and facilitates due diligence activities.
The PSID "Committee" is comprised of representatives from paying member companies. Any non-governmental CCPS member company is eligible to join. Participating companies enter into an agreement with CCPS to abide by the Participant Agreement conditions and CCPS agrees to maintain the security and confidentiality of data submitted and to avoid disclosure of any information other than that agreed upon by the Participants or as required by law. Due to the confidentiality of the data, access for members must be approved by the member company’s PSID Administrator or by the PSID System Administrator. All participating companies should submit at least one incident per year to the database.
The anonymity of organizations submitting incident data is carefully protected. Once an incident has been entered into the database and all quality control requirements have been met, all records (both electronic and paper) containing company identifying characteristics are systematically destroyed.
A number of special measures are in place to protect the confidentiality of data submitted by participants. Additionally, contracts between CCPS and any contractors hired to process confidential data will contain strict requirements for maintaining the security and confidentiality of the data. Information provided to the participants includes only sanitized and/or aggregated data for the entire database. Participating companies have the right to refrain from submitting any data that might become involved in litigation or may be sensitive for any other reasons.
CCPS will not voluntarily disclose the data to non-PSID members. In the event that any public body, government agency of any kind, or any third party seeks disclosure of confidential information contained in the PSID via legal means, CCPS will notify the participants of such demand, and give the participants an opportunity to defend all confidential information contained in the database, either in their own name or in CCPS’ name, from disclosure.