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Chemical Process Safety Management

Chemical Process Safety  Management

Compliance with Federal, State and International Laws & Regulations & Standards

Companies working with highly hazardous chemicals in excess of threshold quantities must comply with OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, 29 CFR 1910.119 and EPA's Risk Management (RM) Program rule, 40 CFR Part 68. These regulations are performance-based and compliance with them is different from specification-based regulations that spell out requirements. PSM is a regulatory requirement besides being a good engineering practice for the process industries, since it protects people and the environment, reduces process downtime, ensures process operability, maintains process and product quality, and protects corporate reputation. Companies need to decide on how to meet PSM and RMP regulatory requirements and what levels of performance are needed. OSHA and EPA's expectations for performance increase with time and so do the internal requirements inside corporations. We are here to help you with these.

Our chemical process safety engineers have developed programs for clients in a variety of industries and worke on PSM elements such as Mechanical Integrity (MI), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Management of Change (MOC). Our programs reflect current regulatory expectations and match the requirements of the facility and company. We take into account clarifications and interpretations of the regulations that have been issued by OSHA and EPA and help our clients to ensure regulatory compliance. AGS-Egineering teaches training courses on all aspects of PSM and uses a variety of computer software programs to assist with its implementation. Briefly summarized, our services include:

  • We conduct an initial assessment of your existing program to identify areas for improvement.

  • Improvement of existing PSM and Prevention Programs.

  • Design & Development of full PSM and Prevention Programs if needed. Documentation for all elements of the program and assistance in their implementation.

  • Improvement of specific elements of your PSM and Prevention Programs.

  • Helping clients in the implementation

  • Provide practical resolutions and alternatives for the equipment, systems and procedures for meeting the legislated requirements.

  • Promptly responding to requests for consulting assistance, particularly following a process related incident, and participating in investigations.

  • Recommend tests on materials where hazardous properties are needed, interpretation of the test results.

  • Providing litigation assistance and expert witness testimony


Consulting activity can often lead to preliminary conclusions, as based on observations, discussions, and study of documents. Unless considerable further investigation is needed, the preliminary results of the consulting activity can be presented to the client. A product of the consulting activity usually is a draft report, for review by the client. Following the receipt of client comments, a final peer reviewed report is then issued. Our primary objective in every case is to provide the client with independent and unbiased professional advice which also addresses and evaluates the client’s concerns. A secondary objective is to provide the client with a roadmap for risk reduction, prevention of incident recurrence, testing of materials, litigation assistance, training, or other improvements, as related to the initial request for process safety consulting.

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