Are Next-Generation Refrigerants Covered by OSHA's Process Safety Management Regulation?
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Hydrofluoroolefins (HFOs) are increasingly being used as next-generation refrigerants in automotive as well as other industries. This new class of refrigerants was introduced to help industry comply with stricter global regulations requiring greater use of nonozone-depleting, low global warming materials.
Given the properties of these materials, companies should conduct appropriate risk assessments and review the potential applicability of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) process safety management (PSM) regulation 29 CFR 1910.119 (and other similar regulations) to minimize and manage associated process safety risks.
Adding HFO Refrigerants to Your PSM Program
If HFO refrigerants are being stored or used in a process above OSHA's threshold limit of 10,000 pounds, a facility may be required to add them to existing PSM programs (or implement a new PSM program if no current program exists) in order to assess and manage potential process safety risks.
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