Streamline Your Process Hazard Analysis


A little creativity during preparation — developing checklists, grouping similar processes, pre-populating worksheets, and considering possible deviations and safeguards before meeting face to face — goes a long way toward improving the efficiency and effectiveness of your PHA efforts.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) process safety management (PSM) standard requires facilities that handle hazardous chemicals to conduct process hazard analyses (PHAs) to identify and address potential process hazards. PHAs are conducted by multidisciplinary teams, because a group typically identifies more problems — and solutions — than individuals working separately. PHA employs such techniques as what-if analysis, checklists, and hazard and operability (HAZOP) studies.

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Molly R. Myers

Molly R. Myers is a senior safety consultant with ioMosaic Corporation. Molly has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Washington University. She is a licensed P.E. in Missouri and Texas and has over 20 years of industry experience in chemical and pharmaceutical processes. Molly is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers.

Ms. Myers has extensive work experience in the pharmaceutical, chemical and petrochemical industries. She has worked with a variety of highly hazardous materials such...Read more

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