Process Safety Compliance
OSHA CPL 03-00-021 Compliance Directive
PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program
The OSHA compliance directive CPL 03-00-021 (PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program) went into effect on January 17, 2017. This instruction describes an OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) for inspecting facilities with highly hazardous chemicals and replaces the old directive number CPL 03-00-014. This OSHA compliance directive now covers both chemical facilities and petroleum refineries, which were covered previously by separate OSHA instructions. Chemical National Emphasis Program (CNEP) inspections will now be conducted in the same manner for all covered facilities.
Read more regulatory and process safety compliance insights into CPL 03-00-021 from our PSM Manager, James Thompson, who authored Guidelines for Implementing Process Safety Management, 2nd Edition (Center for Chemical Process Safety, 2016), and revisit our webinar covering OSHA's revised CNEP.
Process Safety Training and Expertise
In addition, our auditors' expertise in process safety/risk management is confirmed by our roles as instructors/co-instructors in related PSM/RMP training courses for industry organizations as well as our related ABS Group public and private training courses and on various PSM/RMP topics. Visit our Training Center to view the course catalog.
Many of our auditors have written or have technically reviewed more than 20 related industry guidance books that ABS Group has authored on the corresponding process safety and risk management topics for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' (AIChE's) Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS).
Our Chemical Process Safety Center of Excellence
Our onsite auditors selected for specific projects (in consultation with clients) are also supplemented by, and have access as necessary to, ABS Group's Chemical Process Safety Center of Excellence, which is a worldwide network of experts, resources, and training materials related to a wide variety of regulatory, technical, and industry practice topics on process safety and risk management.
This network allows the auditors access to in-depth expertise/resources that can help augment the individual's knowledge base and/or be researched to provide good industry practices and benchmarking for technical questions that may arise during audits at client facilities.