OSHA has rescheduled a Sept. 28 public meeting on potential changes to the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard to be held on Oct. 12 instead.
The public meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT via Webex. During the meeting, OSHA will provide a brief overview of its work on the rulemaking project before hearing public comments.
The agency “is considering several potential changes to the scope and provisions of the current PSM standard,” an OSHA news release states.
Register to attend the online meeting or provide verbal comments here. Written comments, which are due by Nov. 14, 2022, can be submitted to the Federal eRulemaking Portal using Docket Number OSHA-2013-0020.
Background and reasons for change
In 1992, the PSM standard was published in response to several catastrophic chemical releases that occurred worldwide. This standard requires implementation of safety programs that identify, evaluate and control highly hazardous chemicals. It is a performance-based standard and outlines 14 management system elements for controlling highly hazardous chemicals while giving employers the flexibility to tailor their PSM programs to the unique conditions at their facilities.
An executive order signed in 2013 led OSHA to re-evaluate the PSM standard, with the agency publishing a Request for Information on the standard in December 2013 and completing a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel in June 2016.