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Conduct an Effective Pre-Startup Safety Review

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This helpful guide provides tips and tools for ensuring operational readiness prior to process startup.

Pre-startup safety review (PSSR) as required by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) process safety management (PSM) regulation (1), or operational readiness (2), is a required element of a PSM program and is essential for preventing process-safety-related incidents and losses.

The PSSR process is intended to assure that modifications installed match the approved design, the system is mechanically complete, components have been functionally tested, and the system is ready to hand over to the operations team for operational pre-startup checks and startup procedures. This article addresses PSSR activities leading to turnover to operations...

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