Management of change—the systematic use of hazard evaluation procedures and audits



Process Safety Management is the application of management systems to the identification, understanding, and control of process hazards to prevent process related injuries and incidents. PSM activity has been thrust into the limelight with the promulgation of the OSHA rule, 29 CFR 1910.119, which went into effect on May 26, 1992. The practice of PSM is covered under several distinct elements, which are common to OSHA and other similar programs such as the API-RP 750 (Management of Process Hazards). One of these important elements is the management of change. In its conventional sense, change can cover modifications to equipment and procedures. However, for purposes of this presentation I have defined change as modifications to an organization and work culture that may affect process safety.

In what follows I plan to illustrate how one company affected a change in safety culture and manages change to achieve its objectives in Process Safety Management excellence.