OSHA updates guidance on good engineering practices in PSM

Memorandum intends to provide clarification and does not revise enforcement policy

Posted May 16, 2016

On May 11, OSHA published a memorandum for recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEP) in Process Safety Management Enforcement.

The enforcement policy addresses the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard’s RAGAGEP requirements. Enforcement activity, including the Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program (Refinery NEP), and requests for assistance from the field, revealed the need for the guidance.

The memorandum rescinds and replaces the memorandum of the same title dated June 5, 2015. It is intended to be a clarification of the policy described in the earlier memorandum and does not reflect any substantive change in OSHA enforcement policy.

The guidance provides background details on applying the PSM standard to RAGAGEP, examples of RAGAGEP, how to interpret “shall” and “should” language in the codes, “normative” and “informative” requirements of RAGAGEP, and enforcement considerations.

Read the entire memorandum.


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