Process Safety

Process Safety Consulting from the Process Safety Experts

Safety First Group offers process safety consulting services to help businesses in process industries achieve and maintain compliance with many portions of OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard.   OSHA’s PSM standard requires companies with hazardous chemicals at their facilities to implement procedures to “identify, evaluate, and control these hazards.”  Safety First’s team of experienced process safety consultants are devoted to helping our clients meet or exceed many components of OSHA’s process safety management standard.

Everything changes.  When a new hazard, process, or piece of equipment is introduced into an environment, industrial companies rely on a management of change (MOC) process to assimilate the change in an appropriate and safe manner.  When process safety management is a workplace requirement, any MOC must also trigger a process hazard analysis (PHA).

Process Hazard Analysis

The process hazard analysis (PHA) is a crucial component of process safety management. It involves identifying potential hazards in a process, evaluating the associated risks, and determining the control measures needed to prevent catastrophic events that could result in harm.

A comprehensive PHA will identify the hazards of a process and review any previous incidents that had the potential to cause harm. The PHA process also uncovers controls (administrative or engineering) that apply to the hazard, how they are connected, and the consequences of their failure. By conducting a PHA, businesses can ensure that their processes are safe and compliant with regulatory standards.

Safety First Group has thousands of man hours of experience in all types of PHAs.

  • Hazard and Operability (HAZOP)
  • What-If
  • Structured What-If (SWIFT)
  • Bow-Tie
  • Safety Review

Additional Process Safety Services

Safety First Group offers a range of services to help businesses in process industries comply with OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard. Our experienced process safety experts can provide guidance, processes, and procedures to help you evaluate risks, review incidents, and prevent future problems. Let us help you maintain a safe and compliant work environment.


Facility Siting Studies (FSS)

Facility siting studies (FSS) are an important component of process safety management. They are required for processes covered by OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard and involve evaluating the location of occupied buildings in relation to hazards. FSS consider the potential impact of incidents, such as explosions, chemical leaks, or fires, on occupied buildings and determine the necessary protections to meet OSHA's PSM standard. By conducting FSS, businesses can ensure that their facilities are safe and compliant with regulatory standards.

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Blast Studies

Blast studies evaluate the potential impact of explosions on a facility. At Safety First Group, our process safety experts use sophisticated modeling software to assess the likelihood of accidental blasts and predict the potential damage and reach of danger to the immediate and surrounding environment. By conducting blast studies, businesses can identify potential hazards and take steps to prevent incidents and protect their employees, contractors, and the surrounding community.

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Ventilation Studies

OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standards include requirements for ventilation systems in workplaces. At Safety First Group, we offer ventilation studies to assess the adequacy of a building's ventilation system to maintain a safe work environment for employees. OSHA requires that a ventilation system must change the air in a building at least eight times per hour. By conducting ventilation studies, businesses can ensure that their ventilation systems are sufficient to maintain a safe and compliant work environment.


Process Safety Valve Studies (PSV)

Process safety valves are essential for preventing catastrophic incidents caused by excess pressure in a vessel. These valves automatically open to release pressure when it reaches a set level, then close again when normal pressure is restored. To ensure that pressure safety valves function properly when needed, they must be regularly tested. At Safety First Group, we offer testing services to ensure that your safety valves are in good working order and can prevent accidents and injuries in your workplace.

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