On October 12th, 2022, OSHA held a virtual informal stakeholder meeting to give the public a chance to provide testimony regarding several potential changes and provisions to the current Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard (29 CFR 1910.119).

Potential changes could include: 

  • Clarifying the exemption for atmospheric storage tanks; 
  • Expanding the scope to include oil- and gas-well drilling and servicing; 
  • Resuming enforcement for oil and gas production facilities;  
  • Expanding PSM coverage and requirements for reactive chemical hazards; 
  • Updating and expanding the list of highly hazardous chemicals in Appendix A; 
  • Amending paragraph (k) of the Explosives and Blasting Agents Standard (§ 1910.109) to extend PSM requirements to cover dismantling and disposal of explosives and pyrotechnics; 
  • Clarifying the scope of the retail facilities exemption; and 
  • Defining the limits of a PSM-covered process. 

Amendments to the standard could include: 

  • A definition of “recognized and generally accepted as good engineering practices” (RAGAGEP); 
  • A definition of critical equipment; 
  • Strengthening employee participation and including stop-work authority; 
  • Requiring evaluation of updates to applicable RAGAGEP; 
  • Requiring continuous updating of collected information; 
  • Requiring formal resolution of process hazard analysis team recommendations that are not utilized; 
  • Requiring safer technology and alternatives analysis; 
  • Clarifying requirements for considering natural disasters and extreme temperatures in employers’ PSM programs; 
  • Expanding coverage of the mechanical integrity of any critical equipment; 
  • Better explaining the definition of “equipment deficiencies”; 
  • Clarifying the coverage of organizational changes; 
  • Requiring root cause analysis; 
  • Requiring coordination of emergency planning with local emergency response authorities; 
  • Requiring third-party compliance audits; 
  • Requiring that employers develop a system for periodic review of their PSM systems and the need for any revisions (previously referred to as “Evaluation and Corrective Action”); and 
  • Requiring the development of written procedures for all elements specified in the standard and to identify records required by the standard, along with a records retention policy (previously referred to as “Written PSM Management Systems”). 

The official notice released by the department of labor can be found at the link below: