What is a Process Safety Management System and How Does It Tie to Management of Change?
A Process Safety Management (PSM) system requires employers to identify, evaluate, and control hazards that come with handling highly hazardous chemicals used in a company or organizations process per the OSHA Standard (29 CFR 1910.119).
Implementing a Management of Change process helps guide PSM compliance and ensures that environmental, health, and safety risks are evaluated and controlled before introducing changes like new materials, procedures, technology or equipment, facilities, management personnel or other personnel modifications, and budgets. Ensuring an effective MOC process is in place will help protect the employees and workplace areas from illness, injury, or damage by tracking risks through root cause analysis.
Understanding Management of Change to comply with Process Safety Management Standards:
Implementing an effective MOC process will benefit your company or organization by enhancing safety, communication, productivity, recordkeeping, and minimizing risk. An MOC process should be completed before implementing changes in:
- Processing chemicals
- Changes in technology
- Changes in facilities/locations
- Changes to company procedure or protocol
- Equipment changes
These five elements help guide the PSM MOCs to ensure effective compliance with OSHA Standard (29 CFR 1910.119).
What are the requirements that need to be met to ensure a proper and efficient MOC process is in effect?
The requirements a company or organization needs to comply with to meet the OSHA PSM Standard are as follows:
- Identify the Proposed Change
- Assess Risk of Proposed Change
- Classify Hazards/Risks of Proposed Change
- Evaluate Making Proposed Change
- Implement Proposed Change
- Pre-Start Up Safety Review (PSSR)
- Finalize and Monitor Change throughout company or organization
Ensuring these requirements are implemented in the MOC process will keep the company or organization compliant with OSHA Standard (29 CFR 1910.119).
How Can Ecesis Provide Effective MOC Support?
Our Management of Change Software is intuitive, customizable, comprehensive and includes customer support with qualified specialists for all your support needs. Our database can take all the paper clutter and simplify the process in one centralized location. The highly customizable nature of our MOC software allows the data within paper forms to be applied to our template and imported within minutes for your access. In addition, our system automates notifications as the MOC is being approved, denied, or questioned to ensure that no one holds up the process and reviews the proposed change in a timely manner. Ecesis Management of Change Software improves operational efficiency when complying with OSHA Standard for Process Safety Management MOCs.