Process Safety Management

Your partner in safety planning.

We Are Experts in PSM For Ammonia Refrigeration

OSHA Regulation 29 (CFR) 1910.119 requires that industrial refrigeration facilities with 10,000+ pounds of Anhydrous Ammonia on site must have a Process Safety Management (PSM) program in place.

The development, implementation, and on-going maintenance of a PSM program is not only required for governmental compliance but is critical for employee safety, protection of the environment, and to reduce costly downtime.

At Preston, we have safely designed, installed, and maintained industrial ammonia refrigeration facilities for over 75 years.  Since the first PSM requirements were enacted in 1992, we have applied our experience and knowledge to help hundreds of clients develop plans that are functional and responsible.

Full-Service PSM Support

Whether you are building a new facility, expanding, or performing necessary updates to a current plan, let our team of PSM experts help your facility be prepared.  We offer full or partial support for all elements of PSM planning.

  1. Employee participation: involvement of employees in the development and implementation of the PSM program. Continuous updates are required.
  2. Process safety information (PSI): collection, development, and analysis of technical process information including engine room ventilation, PRV relief calculations, NH3 inventory calculations, materials of construction, piping & instrumentation diagram, block flow diagrams, and mass & energy balances. Updates are required as needed.
  3. Process hazard analysis (PHA): engineering analysis to ensure that all hazards are identified and addressed. Updates are required every 5 years.
  4. Operational procedures: clearly defined operating procedures (SOPs) specific to your facilities ammonia refrigeration equipment. Annual updates are required
  5. Training: training employees on operational procedures. Updates are required every 3 years.
  6. Contractors: evaluation of contractor capabilities, training, and safety history. Updates are recommended annually.
  7. Pre-startup safety review: ensuring that before new or modified processes are started, operators are trained, and the process is safe. Updates are required as needed.
  8. Mechanical integrity: proactive equipment inspections and maintenance. Updates are required every 5 years.
  9. Hot work: a formal program to prevent fire and explosions from occurring while conducting hot work. Updates are required as needed.
  10. Management of change: an established system ensuring procedures, training, operators, and safety are updated as changes to the system occur. Updates are required as needed.
  11. Incident investigation: the investigation of any ammonia release that did or may have caused injury to individuals in the plant. An investigation must take place within 48 hours of an incident.
  12. Emergency planning & response: a detailed and custom emergency action plan for the facility. Updates are required as needed.
  13. Compliance audits: an internal audit to ensure your program is current, compliant and any concerns are addressed. Updates are required every 3 years.
  14. Trade secrets: protect trade secrets within covered process. Updates are required as needed.

“The development and maintenance of a thorough PSM plan can be daunting. Our team has the resources, knowledge, and experience to help your facility be compliant and prepared. We take pride in simplifying the process and building plans that are specific to your operation”

-John W.