For owner-operators of oil & gas facilities, understanding and predicting industrial hazards and their accompanying safeguards is not only responsible business practice, it is a measureable competitive advantage.
Unless your organization is among the 70 companies with over 200 chemical manufacturing sites who are members of the Canadian Chemical Producers Association Responsible Care® initiative, there may be confusion over the costs and benefits of practicing PSM.
Canadian companies don’t have prescribed Process Safety Management legislation like the United States (OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910-119) and Mexico (NORMA Official Mexicana NOM-028-STPS-200) many US firms use OSHA's 14 elements for their Canadian facilities.
In 2007 OSHA accepted and recognized that those who meet ANSI/ISA – S84.00.01 / IEC 61511 Functional safety requirements related to (SIS) would be in compliance with OSHA PSM. But what is Functional Safety and HOW does it fit into a PSM program?
Canada’s safety approach to-date is mostly consultative and performance based. However, reputation aside, care must be taken to keep Canadian plants operating safely or face the prescriptive legislative approach experienced in the US and Europe.