New Process Safety Management course emphasises benefits of risk reduction

The Chemical and Allied Industries' Association (CAIA) has launched an updated Process Safety Management (PSM) course, Risk-based Process Safety Management (RBPSM), as part of its Responsible Care® initiative. Internationally accepted as an industry requirement by the chemical industry, the Association is now offering this to the South African industry.

The course is geared to improving sustainable safety performance in industries that manufacture, consume or handle chemicals, by focusing on new ways to design, correct or improve process safety management practices. It also has industry-wide benefits, as it encourages a better perception of the chemical industry by non-industry members.

Integrated with SHE management systems, the RBPSM course ensures that delegates begin at the design phase, include construction, pre-startup reviews, key aspects of production and maintenance and consider human factors. It is a management system focused on the prevention of, preparedness for, mitigation of and response to the catastrophic release of chemicals and energy from a process.

The course takes a risk-based approach to reducing or eliminating harm, including damage to plant, material, the environment and people. The course is vital for those involved in designing, implementing and maintaining a successful process safety management system including:

  • Process safety specialists and process safety managers
  • Operations and plant managers
  • Engineers and supervisors

This recently revised two-day training course focuses on what risk-based process safety management is and how to implement such a system within chemical manufacturing facilities. The training is aligned with the Responsible Care® Process Safety Management Practice Standard and is a mandatory component of the Responsible Care® Third Party verification audit. Signatories are expected to implement appropriate process safety management within their facilities in such a way that process hazards are identified, understood and controlled, so that process-related injuries and incidents are prevented.

The two-day course costs R2 300.00 (excluding VAT) and is held in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. The next course is in Johannesburg on 25-26 April 2016. For more information, email rcare@caia.co.za or call +27 (0) 11 482 1671.

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