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Process Safety Initiative

Process safety focuses on preventing catastrophic outcomes through systematic identification and management of risks in worksites engaged in potentially hazardous processes.

Process safety is a proactive form of risk assessment combined with engineering that focuses on preventing catastrophic fires, explosions, accidental chemical releases, and structural collapses, especially in facilities that use, process, and handle hazardous materials. Process safety involves the prevention of leaks, spills, equipment malfunctions, corrosion, component failures, and upset conditions that present serious risks to the health and safety of workers and potentially the public.

Our goals

The goals of the 2021–2023 Process Safety Initiative are to: 

  • Ensure that employers engaged in complex work processes address the potential for catastrophic events through identifying hazards and managing critical controls
  • Promote a greater worker awareness and participation in process safety management

Our focus

  • Focus on workplaces engaged in complex work processes, such as those in chemical processing, oil and gas, pellet mills, pulp mills and other wood processing, and biomass energy production
  • Provide information and resources to employers and workers on risk assessment models and risk management approaches
  • Partner with other regulators to further advance process safety risk mitigation
  • Conduct site inspections focusing on human and organizational factors including critical risk and critical controls