The OSHA PSM standard requires you to provide process safety training to all your employees. Below are a few questions to think about when implementing training for process safety management. Use them as your PSM training checklist to make sure you don’t miss any requirements.
Setting up your PSM training program
Before you create any training materials, it’s important to ensure that your content covers the most important topics. Here are the top questions you should ask yourself to create an effective training curriculum:
- Which job titles within the operation need process safety training?
- Which safety topics should you cover for each role?
- How often will your workers receive training and refreshers?
- How long should it take to train each employee?
- Will you complete training during work hours or require employees to complete it offsite?
- Who will conduct training sessions and how will you train them to train effectively?
- Which methods of learning work best for the topics you want to cover?
- How will you check for comprehension following training?
Training frequency & documentation
Your PSM training checklist should also cover refresher courses for all employees involved in operating a process. And that’s to ensure that employees understand and adhere to the current operating procedures. How often you perform refreshers is up to you. Depending on the subject matter, you might not need to do them super often.
Good recordkeeping is essential for OSHA PSM compliance, but it’s also important for other safety reasons.
For example, safety records affirm whether employees within a certain work area have the necessary training to complete the related tasks. Your records should include the employee’s information, date of training, and comprehension test results.
For a more comprehensive overview of PSM, check out our guide for implementing a process safety management program.