Process Safety Management – PSM Auditing

Course Description

Many employers who are required to comply with OSHA’s 1910.119 Process Safety Management standard have received basic training in OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard. This course will provide an in depth understanding of audit principles and methods that are key in ensuring an effective audit. Audit methodology will be presented which includes documentation, pre-production and review, interview methods, field verification, and audit closeout meetings. Attendees will learn how properly plan, execute, and document a Process Safety Management Audit utilizing OSHA NEP methodology and key principles of the CCPS. The course utilizes an interactive, case study driven method with multiple in-class exercises based on our unique real life chemical process case study.

Course ID: EST 7130P
Course Format: Classroom

Important Course Information

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Available Classroom Sections

Start Date End Date Registration Deadline Format Location Cost CRN
Section Details Oct 22, 2018 Oct 25, 2018 Monday, October 22, 2018 - 23:59 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,395 18056
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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
17249 Oct 23, 2017 Oct 26, 2017 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $1,395

Who Should Attend

Managers; Operators, Safety and Executive Engineers; Process, Safety and Mechanical Compliance Auditors; and Environmental Managers and Technicians

How You Will Benefit

  • Learn Audit Principles for both PSM and RMP Programs
  • Learn the Audit Principles Set forth in the OSHA NEP’s
  • Learn How to Plan, Execute and Properly Document a PSM Audit
  • Learn How and What to Process Safety Information Must be Assembled Prior to An Audit
  • Learn How to Audit and Review Process Safety Information Utilizing RAGAGEP
  • Learn How to Perform the Off Site and On Site Audit Steps
  • Learn How to Develop Your Own Audit Protocol for Your Specific Process Safety Program
  • Learn Proper Audit Field Verification Methods
  • Learn Proper Audit Interview Processes
  • Learn How to Author the Audit Report – Concise Observations, Findings and Recommendations
  • Learn How to Prioritize and Plan for Audit Item Closure
  • Learn How to Communicate with the Audit Team and Management – Proper Close Out Meetings
  • Learn How to Track Audit Recommendations to Closure


  • Course Intro & Case Study Introduction
  • Best Methods and Principles for Auditing PSM Programs
  • OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) Review – What OSHA Expects
  • The CCPS Audit Principles
  • audit Principles Case Study & Presentations
  • How to Properly Plan for a PSM Audit
  • Assembling the Audit Team, Scheduling and Planning for an Effective Audit
  • How to Train and Prepare the Audit Team
  • Audit Planning & Training Case Study & Presentations
  • How to Assemble & Review Process Safety Information
  • Review of Key PSI Elements: Design Basis, Relief Calculations, Walked down P&IDs,
  • Auditing RAGAGEP’s
  • Application
  • Justification
  • Process Safety Information Assembly & Review Case Study & Presentations
  • PSM Audit Written Program Auditing
  • Auditing Procedures & Performance Elements:
  • PHA’s
  • Management of Change
  • Operating Instructions
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Contractor Management
  • PSM Program & Procedures Case Study & Presentations
  • Performing the Audit – On Site & Off Site Auditing Methods
  • Developing Your Own Audit Protocol
  • Audit Field Verification – Proper Methods
  • Audit Interviewing – Proper Methods
  • Field Verification and Interview Case Study & Presentations
  • Properly Documenting the Audit Observations, Findings and Recommendations
  • Audit Documentation Methods – Moving Through Draft to Final Reports
  • Prioritizing Recommendations, Planning and Scheduling Closure
  • Audit Report Case Study & Presentations
  • Communicating Audit Observations, Findings and Recommendations in Close Out Meetings
  • Publishing the Final Audit Report & Managing Follow up
  • Tracking Audit Recommendations to Closure – Best Methods and What OSHA Expects
  • Communicating and Managing Audit Findings Case Study & Presentations
  • International Process Safety: COMAH & Seveso Program Auditing
  • Impacts of Proper Auditing Understanding Conduct of Operation & License to Operate
  • Wrap Up, Course Closing, Evaluations & Resources



  • Class Notebook with copies of PowerPoint presentations
  • Appendix – General Resource and Research Information
  • Appendix – Case Study Documentation
  • CD of PowerPoint presentations & Appendix Information

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Robert Hendry