ProcessMAP Perspectives – Why You Must Invest In Safety Audit Software

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ProcessMAP Perspectives - Why You Must Invest In Safety Audit Software

Environmental health and safety teams across numerous industries continue to search for techniques and tools to bolster workplace safety. A large number have invested in desktop and mobile applications designed to improve core EHS functionalities, including safety auditing.

Almost 60 percent of EHS teams attest to using these assets to assess their facilities and log incidents, according to research from Verdantix. Why? This software comes with numerous benefits like streamlined processing, improved worker safety, stronger compliance practices, and many more. Mobile-ready auditing software can promote stronger compliance practices, as it allows EHS teams to easily pinpoint, and log hazards and mitigation techniques, while also cultivating sound audit trails. 

Download our latest ProcessMAP Perspectives by Ashish Mohanty, Head of ProcessMAP India Operations, and get a better understanding of why  organizations must invest in adopting robust safety audit software to drive comprehensive EHSQ excellence.  

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OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard Explained

OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard Explained

Many businesses that operate in the Environmental Health and Safety landscape use flammable, toxic or otherwise hazardous chemicals in their day-to-day functions. Because doing so potentially puts employees in harm’s way, it’s important that organizations have certain precautions in place to maintain safety standards and overall compliance. No matter the industry, it’s crucial that businesses take preventative action to meet all standards and lower the chances of risk in the workspace.

Process safety management is a regulation enacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It refers to the precautions put forth during any activity that involves the handling, use or movement of hazardous chemicals. OSHA developed this standard to make sure organizations are promoting safe workplaces to improve the quality of work for employees.

OSHA’s process safety management standard addresses specific components of the construction industry, but also contains regulations that apply across all sectors. If you’d like to find out more about the agency’s process safety management standard, check out the following information.

The standard, in short

Reviewing OSHA’s specific requirements can be quite daunting, especially when you’re looking for solutions immediately. We will include a sort of elevator pitch for OSHA’s process safety management standard.

Who is the standard for?

All businesses in the manufacturing space will likely come into contact with hazardous chemicals and therefore will need to have solutions in place regarding OSHA’s process safety management standard. In particular, this regulation speaks to businesses operating in “general” industries and specifically in the construction sector.

What is the purpose of this standard?

Individuals working in the manufacturing industry come into contact with dangerous materials and chemicals regularly throughout their day-to-days. Even the most careful employees may experience an incident that puts themselves and others at risk of exposure to harmful toxins. OSHA developed this standard to put employers responsible for providing their workers with the tools and knowledge they will need to stay safe in the manufacturing space.

What does the standard require?

The major requirement of this standard is a process hazard analysis. This is a specific review of what could go wrong in different work settings that use hazardous chemicals. It also means that employers are obligated to provide solutions to how they will prevent and mitigate exposure to hazardous materials.

OSHA process safety management

The standard for general industry

OSHA’s standard for dangerous chemicals provides all-encompassing requirements and non-mandatory resources for businesses working in all areas of the EHS space. The process safety standard is located in OSHA’s 1910 Subpart H on hazardous materials. This section holds the major requirements for preventing or mitigating the effects of dangerous releases of toxic, explosive or flammable chemicals.

OSHA’s 1910.119 standard is made up of a few sections that pertain to the management of hazardous chemicals. Appendix A, which is mandatory for all general industry businesses, contains a list of the major dangerous chemicals, toxics and reactives that are present in the EHS space. It is crucial that businesses educate their employees on these hazards and provide them with their chemical abstract service number and threshold quantity in pounds.

The rest of the subsections are not mandatory for general industry organizations, though they are still important in maintaining workplace safety. Appendix B contains a block- and a process-flow diagram, both of which demonstrate the correct progression of how to handle certain chemicals and gases. Appendix C provides a guideline to help employers and workers comply with the standards set forth by the process safety management standard. It also provides other recommendations and information for employers working in the general industry. Finally, Appendix D provides sources for further information for employers and staff looking to improve the scope of their understanding regarding the management of hazardous chemicals in the general industry.

The standard for construction industry

The process safety management standard for construction is similar in structure to the general industry regulations, but its specifics are different. The standard for construction is OSHA 1926 Subpart D. Appendix A, the list of highly hazardous chemicals and reactives, is a mandatory component of the standard in construction, while the other appendixes are not required. Like the standard for general industry, Appendix B contains a block-flow diagram and simplified process-flow diagram, Appendix C contains guidelines and recommendations for employers and staff members to meet the standard and Appendix D includes sources for further information regarding safety precautions around dangerous chemicals and materials.

Maintaining compliance with EHS software

One of the most effective ways to ensure your business is meeting OSHA’s process safety management standard, as well as other mandatory and recommended regulations, is to incorporate an effective EHS solution into your business functions. When you invest in EHS software, you are providing information to those who need it most, from those working on-site to those in offices.

ProcessMAP’s EHS suite can improve business’ safety and compliance measures by keeping them aligned with OSHA’s standards. Get in touch with us to find out how you can improve your workplace safety culture in the manufacturing space.

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Zero Incidents, Zero Accidents: No Longer An Unrealized Vision

Zero Incidents, Zero Accidents: No Longer An Unrealized Vision

Since the development of the business world as we know it, workplace injuries have been frequent and detrimental. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workplace injuries occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases for every 100 full-time employees. This is a slight decrease from 2016’s 2.9 cases and a significant difference from 2003’s incidence rate of 5 cases for every 100 employees.

Although this decrease in risk reflects the large improvements organizations have taken in the Environmental, Health and Safety landscape, this rate of 2.8 can be further mitigated. Perhaps increased adoption in today’s advanced EHS tools can eliminate workplace injuries altogether.

In the past, an accident-free workplace seemed impossible. With several workers completing their duties alongside technical equipment, it seems inevitable that a workplace accident will occur at some point. However, proper risk management tools may allow employers to identify potential risks before an incident occurs. Once they’ve spotted a hazard, managers and employees can make adjustments in the workplace to eliminate a disaster from ensuing.

Here are some of the major ways an innovative EHS platform, such as ProcessMAP’s mobile tools, can improve risk management to prevent incidents on the worksite:

Real-time Reporting

One of the major ways these technologies have mitigated risks in the workplace is their ability to report potential hazards immediately. 

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When an employee or manager sees something unsafe or non-compliant, they can convey this danger to the rest of their staff in the attempts to find a solution before anyone gets hurt. After they have initially reported a potential risk, everyone in the organization, from workers and managers to business leaders and stakeholders, can track any changes the company made to mitigate this issue in real time.

Risk Management Trend Analysis

Before the business can be immune to workplace incidents, it will likely have to observe the incidents that have happened in the past. When companies adopt an EHS tool, they can report workplace accidents when they occur, providing any insight of why they happened. In the development of a risk-free workplace, business leaders will need to consider any trends associated with past accidents. They can then use this insight to develop safety frameworks across the organization and help prevent similar issues from occurring in the future.

The Benefits of a Risk-free Workplace

When businesses have taken strides to decrease — or eliminate — the prevalence of workplace incidents, they can reap the benefits of their EHS Software integration. Also, businesses that develop innovative risk management tools can potentially boost employee morale by a significant margin. Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) risk management refers to the process of identifying avenues of potential health and safety hazards within an organization and effectively assessing their impact, causality, as well as preventative measures against further risk. When workers feel that their business is invested in their safety and productivity, they will feel more empowered to come to work. In addition, businesses can save money when they reduce the appearance of workplace incidents, as they will be less prone to lawsuits and other costly repercussions associated with noncompliance.

ProcessMAP provides EHS tools that can innovate companies’ safety cultures and reduce their incident rates exponentially. Connect with us to learn more about how you can improve your workplace risk management and become an accident-free space.

Risk Management Trend Analysis

Before the business can be immune to workplace incidents, it will likely have to observe the incidents that have happened in the past. When companies adopt an EHS tool, they can report workplace accidents when they occur, providing any insight of why they happened. In the development of a risk-free workplace, business leaders will need to consider any trends associated with past accidents. They can then use this insight to develop safety frameworks across the organization and help prevent similar issues from occurring in the future.

The Benefits of a Risk-free Workplace

When businesses have taken strides to decrease — or eliminate — the prevalence of workplace incidents, they can reap the benefits of their EHS Software integration. Also, businesses that develop innovative risk management tools can potentially boost employee morale by a significant margin. When workers feel that their business is invested in their safety and productivity, they will feel more empowered to come to work. In addition, businesses can save money when they reduce the appearance of workplace incidents, as they will be less prone to lawsuits and other costly repercussions associated with noncompliance.

ProcessMAP provides EHS tools that can innovate companies’ safety cultures and reduce their incident rates exponentially. Connect with us to learn more about how you can improve your workplace risk management and become an accident-free space.

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