Introduction to Process Safety Management
Unexpected releases of toxic, reactive, or flammable liquids and gasses in processes involving highly hazardous chemicals (HHC) have been reported for many years and continue to occur. Several various industries use or produce these types of chemicals. Regardless of the industry, there is a potential for an accidental release at any time if they are not properly controlled.
To mitigate these potentials, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through provisions from the Clean Air Act, established a standard guidance by which facilities that store, process or produce highly hazardous chemicals must adhere and comply.
This standard is OSHA 1910.119 – Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals.