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Posted on: February 29, 2016 By: Megan Knoll, Dir of Marketing

Process Safety Management (PSM)


The Department of Labor PSM Standard, 29 CFR 1910.199 established procedures for PSM that will protect employees by preventing or minimizing the consequences of chemical accidents involving catastrophic releases of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals. A portion of this Standard, 29 CFR Part 1910.119(h) applies to Contractors performing maintenance or repair, turnaround, major renovations or specialty work on or adjacent to operations covered by this Standard.

Gribbins Insulation - Toolbox TalkContractor Responsibilities

1) Gribbins Insulation is responsible to assure that each employee is trained in the work practices necessary to safely perform the job. This training shall be provided in conjunction with the Owner’s site Safety Program.
2) Gribbins Insulation is responsible/required to assure that each employee is instructed in the known potential fire, explosion or toxic release hazards related to his/her job and the process and applicable provisions of the Owner’s site emergency action plan.
3) Gribbins Insulation shall document that each employee has received and understood the training as described under General Safety Rules and Standards Common to the Construction Industry of this Section. This documentation must contain employee’s name, date of training and means used to verify that the employee understood the training. *Gribbins Insulation is required to develop a written test regarding the training described under General Safety Rules and Standards Common to the Construction Industry in this Section. This test must be administered by and the Safety Department and graded. It is required that the employee pas this test because the Standard requires the employees understanding the information discussed in the training. For purposes of testing, a 80% test score or above will be needed for a passing grade. The written test will be developed for each job with the appropriate questions related to the specific requirements of each job.
4) Gribbins Insulation is responsible to assure that our employees are following general and specific safety rules and safe practices. This will be accomplished by conducting a formal Safety Inspection. (Use the Safety Inspection Checklist form to document compliance with this requirement.) The Owner’s safe work practices must be followed during operations such as lockout/tagout, confined space entry, opening process equipment or piping, and controls over entrance to facility.
5) Gribbins Insulation is responsible to advise the Owner or Customer of any unique hazards presented by our work or found by our employees. This notification must be documented. (Suggestion: Notification must be in letter form on Company letterhead stationary.)
6) Gribbins Insulation employees shall not perform hot work until a hot work permit is obtained from the owner. The permit shall document that the fire prevention and protection requirements have been implemented prior to beginning the hot work operations.
7) Employees must immediately report all accidents, injuries, and near misses. An incident investigation will be initiated within 48 hours. Resolutions and corrective actions will be documented and maintained for 5 years.
8) Gribbins Insulation is responsible for respecting the confidentiality of trade secret information when the process safety information is released to us.

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