Managing Contractors and Hot Work Activities at PSM Facilities Using Electronic Control of Work
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 26, 5:00 p.m.
Presenter: Marc Juaire, CPSA, MBA, Solution Executive, VelocityEHS
Description: Facilities that store threshold quantities of highly hazardous and flammable chemicals are subject to OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard, which brings many regulatory obligations intended to identify and control risks. While it’s not often discussed, management of hot work (involving electric or gas welding, torch cutting, brazing, etc.) is an important aspect of PSM compliance. The challenge is that many PSM facilities are very large, tend to have frequent hot work activities, and have many other high priority safety risks to manage, including oversight of contractors, some of whom perform hot work tasks. Hot work management is most effective when used in conjunction with contractor management and a robust inspections program, allowing for the ability to document and extract intelligence from workplace safety incidents and prioritize and manage follow-up actions.
This presentation will provide practical guidance about how leveraging a digital Permit to Work process within a Control of Work system can give you the visibility you need to effectively and efficiently manage hot work at PSM facilities, as well as the contractors that may carry out the work.
Major Chemical Safety Incidents – a Review
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 29, 8:30 a.m.
Presenter: Dana Garber, Senior Product Manager, VelocityEHS
Description: This session aims to review incident investigations from The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) with a focus on gathering data on common causes & failure modes, Severity data, as well as any links to the facility’s EPA compliance and major incidents.
The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The CSB conducts root cause investigations of chemical accidents at fixed industrial facilities. Root causes are usually deficiencies in safety management systems but can be any factor that would have prevented the accident if that factor had not occurred. Other incident causes often involve equipment failures, human errors, unforeseen chemical reactions, or other hazards.