PSM Auditor 2
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The PSM Auditor is a tool that will facilitate you and your team in the development of a scope for conducting a Process Safety Management audit. The OSHA PSM standard (29 CFR 1910.119) requires plants to conduct compliance audits at intervals not to exceed three years. Auditing your plant's program is an important aspect of continuous improvement of safety for your plant. In addition to helping you develop an audit scope, this tool will facilitate your team in the process of post-audit analysis.
A key component of this audit scoping tool is a master bank of audit questions aimed at assessing your plant's PSM program and the extent of its implementation. The questions included in the audit database are, principally, focused on plants that utilize ammonia as a refrigerant. The database represents a compilation of relevant inquiries for each element of the Process Safety Management Standard. In addition, several of the questions refer to other portions of OSHA's standards. The questions incorporate much of what appears in other OSHA directives including:
- CPL 2-2.59A - Inspection Procedures for the HazWOPER Standard, 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) - 1998
- CPL 2-2.45 CH-1 - Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals -- Compliance Guidelines and Enforcement Procedures - 1994
- CPL 2-2.45A (REVISED) - Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals -- Compliance Guidelines and Enforcement Procedures - 1992
The audit process itself is based, in part, on the Center for Chemical Process Safety's "Guidelines for Auditing Process Safety Management Systems" and the University of Wisconsin-Madison's course: "Auditing Process Safety Management Systems." Future additions to this site will include audit scoping capability for EPA's Risk Management Planning.
The audit process covered in this site was developed by Douglas T. Reindl, Associate Professor and Director of IRC, and Frederick T. Elder, Adjunct Professor, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The audit website was developed by Mark Geurts at the IRC.
Several other IRC members have contributed significantly to the development and refinement of this tool. For fear of leaving someone out, we will not mention all contributors by name; however, we are grateful for their patience and support during this process. The concept of the audit Exception Matrix was developed by Kraft Foods and the PSM Issues tracking report developed by General Mills. We acknowledge their contributions and appreciate their willingness to share good ideas.
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