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The Fundamentals of Process Safety Management

June 19, 2018


This week’s Safety Moment describes the basics of Process Safety Management (PSM) at

The article describes:

  • How PSM programs developed in the late 1980s in response to a number of catastrophic events that occurred at that time.
  • The successful decision to make PSM non-prescriptive and performance-based.
  • The fact that PSM is about process safety — and why that is such a challenge.

The article then discusses the three words that make up the phrase ‘Process Safety Management’, i.e., ‘Process’, ‘Safety’ and ‘Management’.

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