In response to major chemical and nuclear accidents that have occurred during the past two decades, the U.S. government has promulgated two regulations aimed at protecting workers, the community, and the environment from accidental releases of hazardous chemicals. These regulations are the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s [OSHA] Process Safety Management [PSM] Standard and the US Environmental Protection Agency’s [EPA] Risk Management Program [RMP]. The applicability for each regulation is discussed with a review of what is affected, who is responsible, when is compliance required, and how is compliance manifested. In addition, the recent ANSI/ISA S84.01 standard for the process industries introduces additional or new responsibilities that are not featured explicitly in either the OSHA or EPA regulations. The pooling of the requirements from these US regulations and voluntary ANSI/ISA standard establishes the requirements for an integrated risk program [IRP]. The objective of an integrated risk program is compliance, reduction in resource requirements, and improvement of productivity at a plant. The general requirements for an IRP are summarized showing the area of regulatory overlap.

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