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Cal/OSHA's PSM Regulation: Human Factors

December 6, 2016 | 10:00 - 11:00 am CST

To mitigate refinery and process industry accidents, regulators have identified the need to address human factors in process safety management (PSM). Currently, regulators are working to update PSM related regulatory requirements with Cal/OSHA as the first regulation to be updated. Personnel responsible for PSM programs and other attendees will gain a better understanding of industry practices and the forthcoming revisions to Cal/OSHA's PSM regulatory requirements related to human factors.

This webinar will address the following topics:

  • Underlying reasons why human errors occur
  • How to examine and categorize specific human errors to identify the conditions and situations that contribute to mistakes
  • Why most human mistakes and human factors are caused by error-likely situations, which typically stem from weaknesses in the policies/practices that influence how organizations select, train, supervise, communicate with and design workplaces for workers
  • Human performance issues before they cause problems
  • Assisting others in your organization in dealing with human performance in your operations


James J. Rooney

James J. Rooney is Director of Training Services for Safety, Risk and Compliance at ABS Group. Rooney has more than 35 years of experience in human factors, root cause analysis, quality, risk assessment, process safety management and enterprise risk management. He is a Past Chair of the Board of Directors of ASQ and holds 10 ASQ certifications. Rooney is also an ASQ Fellow, a reviewer for Quality Progress magazine, a columnist for Six Sigma Forum magazine and Associate Editor for The Journal for Quality and Participation.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals globally. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS (, a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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