Over three years ago the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) process safety management regulation became effective in the United States. Most of us have dealt with the initial shock of that regulation and what it entailed and, hopefully, we have things pretty much under control.

Although, one hates to be the bearer of bad news, it is not yet time to relax. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has another process safety regulation in store for the ammonia industry. In fact, in some areas, the EPA's upcoming risk management programs regulation makes the OSHA regulation look like child's play.

It is much better to be proactive than reactive when responding to new regulations. A proactive approach allows one to make the correct long-term decisions without the pressure of a compliance deadline.