OSHA isn’t going to wait around for the next big chemical release or explosion. Companies covered by the agency’s process safety management (PSM) standard shouldn’t be surprised to see inspectors on their doorsteps in the near future.
OSHA’s intent, announced recently as part of a release about a new national emphasis program, is to spend the next year hitting as many facilities as possible. OSHA calls it a new approach for compliance officers: Ask a series of tough questions and quickly move on to the next facility.
But don’t mistake “quick” for “easy.” The goal is to verify that written and implemented PSM programs are consistent.
And acting OSHA head Jordan Barab has made it clear that compliance with PSM standards is a top priority.