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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