Journal Article Title: Documentation Requirements For Chemical Processing Facilities Increased Dramatically By Recent OSHA Rules
Article Author(s): WEST, HARRY H., PH.D., P.E.
Volume: 12
Volume #: 1
Month: June
Year: 1995

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For an accident investigation in a chemical or petroleum processing facility, the available documentation regarding safety, operations, maintenance practices, process design, and many other aspects of the plant has increased dramatically with the promulgation of several recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. The Process Safety Management rules (OSHA 1910.119) have had the largest impact, but Lockout/Tagout, Confined Space Entry, Personal Protective Equipment and Hazard Communication regulations are among the other OSHA rules which have also caused increased documentation requirements. The quantity of required documentation and the need to keep these documents current has spurred a demand for computer-based Engineering Document Management Systems in the chemical processing industry. The various types of safety documentation required by government regulatory agencies and now available to the chemical plant accident investigator are described herein.