By Randy Goldbeck, Fullscope Services Director
With manufacturing operations, there is always the possibility of an accident or damage to someone's health. All work exposes people to hazards, including loads that are manually handled; dangerous machinery; toxic substances; electricity; working with display screen equipment or even psychological hazards such as stress.
The reason there are not more accidents and diseases caused by work is that we have learned a lot over the years, and systems of prevention are in place. Most accidents are preventable. Despite all the precautions, there are still thousands of workplace injuries every year. To control these types of hazards, employers need to develop the necessary expertise, experience, judgement, and initiative within their work force to properly implement and maintain an effective PSM program as envisioned in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard.
We have developed a new blog series that focuses on the major elements of a Process Safety Program. It will explore how Microsoft Dynamics AX can help your company setup a Process Safety Management (PSM) system to provide a better, safer work environment.
The major objective of a PSM is to prevent unwanted hazardous conditions that could expose employees and others to serious dangers. An effective PSM program requires a systematic approach to evaluating the whole process. Using this approach, the process design, process technology, process changes, operational and maintenance activities and procedures, non-routine activities and procedures, emergency preparedness plans and procedures, training programs, and other elements that affect the process are considered in the evaluation.
The purpose of the standard as a whole is to aid employers in their efforts to prevent or mitigate hazards that could lead to accidents in the workplace and possibly in the surrounding community.
Check back for future blogs in this series, incuding:
- Hazards of chemicals used in the Process
- Technology of the Process.
- Equipment in the Process. Employee Involvement
- Process Hazard Analysis Operating Procedures
- Employee Training Contractors
- Pre-Startup Safety Review.
- Mechanical Integrity of Equipment
- Written Procedures
- Inspection and Testing
- Quality Assurance
- Non-routine Work Authorizations.
- Managing Change
- Incident Investigation
- Emergency Preparedness
- Compliance Audits
- Planning Staffing
- Conducting the Audit
- Evaluation and Corrective Action