Process Safety Management at Oil and Gas Operations

May 9, 2014
Todd D. Kantorczyk
The Legal Intelligencer

Approximately one year ago, a small fire at the West Fertilizer Co. in Texas ignited ammonium nitrate stored at the facility, causing a huge blast that killed 15 people—including 12 first responders—and leveled nearby homes, apartments, a nursing home and a school. In response to concerns that federal and state regulators, local officials and the public were not adequately informed of the presence of ammonium nitrate at the plant and the explosion risks posed by its use, President Obama issued Executive Order 13650, which, among other things, directed the secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor to review its process safety management (PSM) standard and issue a request for information (RFI) "designed to identify issues related to modernization" of the standard.

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