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The Importance of Codes and Standards for Process Safety


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Compliance with the Process Safety Management rule, OSHA 1910.119, is a requirement for any plant processing highly hazardous materials exceeding threshold quantities. Now you can learn how existing industry standards can help you meet that requirement. This online course provides an introduction to how industry standards and standards organizations can be used to build a Process Safety Management (PSM) program that complies with the rule.

Take this course and learn the elements of the rule that can be supported with existing industry standards. You’ll learn how to build a hierarchy of documents from industry standards to plant procedures that address the rule’s requirements. You will also learn how benchmarking and reaching out to other organizations can address areas where a specific standard does not exist.

You will understand how specific standards, such as mechanical integrity, must be implemented to meet sections of the rule. You will get an overview of the documentation requirements for compliance. And you’ll see how industry standards help assure compliance with RAGAGEP, or Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices. You’ll also look at examples of what results from lack of compliance.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Evaluate a plant procedure against a requirement in the PSM rule to determine if it is acceptable
  • Determine if plant documentation meets the rule
  • Describe how to use API standards and develop a corporate standard to overlay on this document
  • Describe how to use an industry standard and develop a data sheet for procurement of equipment
  • Understand the basics of a piping specification
  • Outline the steps required to implement an addenda or deviation to a standard and the rigorous process needed to approve this through the management of change process
  • Utilize concepts from this course to develop better teams for management of change and process hazard analysis efforts

Anyone who works in an operating environment, particularly one that uses hydrocarbons, can benefit from this course. It is suitable for engineers in all disciplines and career-stages who would benefit from building a foundation of knowledge about this critical subject, including engineers working in:

  • Plant Design
  • Plant Operations
  • Standards implementation/compliance
  • Senior plan leadership
  • Other technical and operating personnel

Module 1

  • Overview of the Process Safety Management Rule, OSHA 1910.119
  • Drivers that influenced the rule
  • Requirements of specific sections of the rule
  • RAGAGEP – Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices
  • Introduction to Codes, Standards and Practices for PSM Compliance

Module 2

  • Industry standards for PSM compliance
    • API standards
    • ASME code
    • ANSI codes
    • ASTM codes
  • Guidelines
  • Company standards and practices
  • Implementing PSM using industry standards

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