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 is a key component of process safety management. The PHA identifies where there is potential for a dangerous incident in a process, evaluates the level of associated risk in the process, and determines what control measures should be put in place to prevent a catastrophic event that could result in harm.

A comprehensive PHA will identify the hazards of the process and review any previous events associated with this process that had the potential to cause an incident.  The PHA process also uncovers controls (administrative or engineering) that apply to the hazard, how they are connected to each other, and the consequences of their failure.

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

The process safety experts at Safety First Group offers additional services to businesses who wish to comply with OSHA’s process safety management standard.


Facility Siting Studies (FSS)

Facility studies are used in process safety management to look at where occupied buildings are in relation to hazards.  FSS are required for PSM covered processes.  They look at the location of buildings that people will occupy and consider the potential for the impact of an incident (such as an explosion, chemical leak, fire, etc.) to extend far enough to cause injury.  This then helps determine what type of protections must be set up to meet OSHA’s PSM standard.

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Blast Studies

Blast studies consider the potential impact of explosions.  Our process safety experts use sophisticated modeling software to evaluate the potential for accidental blasts, project likely damage from various scenarios, and predict the potential and/or probable reach of danger to the immediate and surrounding environment.

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Ventilation Studies

OSHA PSM standards include requirements on ventilation.  We offer studies to assess the adequacy of the ventilation system to maintain a safe work environment for employees.  OSHA requires that a ventilation system must change the air in a building eight times per hour.


Process Safety Valve Studies (PSV)

A process safety valve is used to prevent a catastrophic incident that might be caused by excess pressure in a vessel.  These valves open automatically to release pressure when it reaches a set level, then close again when normal pressure is restored.  Pressure safety valves must be tested to ensure they will function properly when needed.

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