Perspectives: Compliance Advisor

Chemical Safety Board Makes PSM a Top Priority

Agency wants to modernize process safety management regulations

By Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor

On December 1, 2014, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that its “Most Wanted Safety Improvement” is to modernize U.S. process safety management (PSM) regulations. Specifically, the CSB notes implementation of key federal and state CSB safety recommendations will result in significant improvement of PSM regulations in the United States. The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. Board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards and safety management systems. (The CSB has suffered internal divisions recently; see: “Turmoil Takes a Toll on Chemical Safety Board[http://goo.gl/2su0pE].") *Time for Improvement Is Now* While the CSB notes a number of improvements in PSM regulations have been made since the 1990s, for the most part regulations haven’t been substantively revised to address the passage of time or improvements in chemical management. According to the CSB, recommendations related to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) PSM program and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP) have been made and some even implemented, but many such recommendations haven’t been fully implemented or likely seriously considered.  By focusing on modernizing U.S. PSM regulations, the CSB is plainly identifying this issue as one of the Board’s most important recommendations-related goals.

Read more

More from this perspective...

Title

EPA Proposes New Use Rules

Proposal could limit the use of 14 nanoscale substances.

01/16/2012

EPA Registers Nanosilver As Active Ingredient

Silver-based antimicrobial pesticide is first such product to gain conditional registration.

12/15/2011

EPA Releases EDSP Management Plan

The assessment program significantly affects many chemicals.

07/26/2012

EPA Releases TSCA Chemical Risk Assessments

Five chemicals found in household products are under close scrutiny.

01/16/2013

EPA Seeks to Lift Stay

Hydrogen sulfide reporting requirements get scrutiny.

05/06/2010

EPA Takes Unprecedented Action

Agency targets several types of "Risk List" chemicals.

01/12/2010

EPA Targets Electric Utilities

The agency steps up efforts to manage coal ash damage.

11/04/2009

EPA Targets Five Chemical Groups

Proposed rules would require companies to report all significant new uses.

04/12/2012

EPA Targets Flame Retardants DecaBDE and BPA

Agency has determined several safer alternatives to using the two chemicals

02/13/2014

EPA Targets Renewable Fuel Fraud

Alternative validation method promises more protection against liabilities.

03/07/2013

EPA Targets Significant New Use Rule-Regulating Articles

A significant new use rule tightly focuses on a particular product.

11/13/2013

EPA Wipes Away Rule

Reusable and disposable solvent-contaminated wipes get exclusion.

08/07/2013

EPA assesses link to greenhouse gases

Steps taken during manufacturing can significantly impact landfill emissions, advises Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor, in this month's Compliance Advisor column.

09/27/2007

EPA clarifies position on ion-generating equipment

Claims about a product’s ability to kill pests, including germs, can lead to EPA regulation, says Lynn Bergeson, regulatory editor.

10/30/2007

EPA must reconsider carbon dioxide

Court rules that the agency has power to regulate greenhouse gases. Regulator Editor Lynn Bergeson how the ruling came to be and its impace on the industry.

04/24/2007

EPA pushes material-management challenges

The agency is striving to increase cooperative projects with industry to conserve resources.

08/25/2005

EPA seeks to reduce TRI reporting burden

The EPA has proposed a new act in regards to reducing Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Read here to get the details on how it might affect your plant.

11/27/2005

EPA/Corps Try to Clear Muddied Waters

EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issue joint guidance about Clean Water Act jurisdiction.

12/11/2008

Election Results Impact Chemical Forecast

Federal and state legislation and regulations will likely rev up in the new year

11/26/2012

Expect More Inspections

OSHA’s National Emphasis Program targets more facilities.

10/23/2009