Operating Procedures

OSHA issued the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals Standard (PSM) (29
C FR 197 0. 1 19) which contains requirements for the safe management of chemicals for companies
that exceed OSHA’s threshold quantities for highly hazardous substances. This standard requires
the establishment of a management program that includes conducting process hazard analyses.
establishing detailed operating procedures, and includes other important requirements to mitigate
the possibility of a serious, chemical related incident occurring at the facility. For this assignment
suppose you are a safety manager at a chemical manufacturing facility that manufactures
concentrated nitric acid. You have heard that employees who load nitric acid into rail tank cars
have been checking the preinspection checklist from the rail shipping office instead of actually
inspecting the vehicles with the checklist in hand as required by the operating procedure. This has
not been the first time the shipping crew has been lax about process safety related work rules.
Based on this scenario, please compose a research paper which includes the following information:
Identify the chemical properties, uses. and primary hazards associated with common oxidizers
including concentrated nitritc acid. Identify/ important occupational exposure limits (OELs)
associated with at least 3 common oxidizers. [dent/fir PSM requirements that would be useful for
preventing or minimizing the consequences of a significant oxidizer related incident.
Using the

OSHA Standard and your own experience, justify and validate the importance of the PSM standard

to your facility (if it stores and processes highly hazardous materials) or a facility that may impact

your community or a near-by community. Examples might include a water treatment facility that E
utilizes liquefied chlorine gas, a coalfired power plant that utilizes liquefied chlorine gas for water
treatment a food processing plant with a large ammonia refrigeration system, a fertilizer
manufacturing or storage facility, a chemical manufacturing facility, etc.. Your research paper must

be at least two pages in length. You are required to cite the OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.119 in

your response as well as at least two other sources, one of which must come from the CSU Online
Library. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced. Paraphrased and/or quoted
materials must have accompanying citations in APA format.