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OSHRC Backs PSM Action, Raising Industry Fears Of Expanded Coverage

April 01, 2019
Rejecting petro-chemical industry arguments, an OSHA review panel has upheld an enforcement action against an Oklahoma refiner for alleged process safety management (PSM) violations, a ruling that industry officials say “dramatically” expands the PSM rule's applicability to boilers and other “interconnected” units even if hazardous chemicals are not present in sufficient quantities. One industry source tells Inside OSHA that an appeal is likely. “I think it would be very worthwhile for them to do that,” says Micah Smith, an...

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