Virginia Process Safety Management laws & safety compliance analysis

Virginia Process Safety Management: What you need to know

Virginia has adopted by reference the federal rules for process safety management (PSM) of highly hazardous chemicals in general industry (16 VAC 25-90-1910). Virginia employers are subject to state requirements that are identical to the federal rules.

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The federal rule for PSM of highly hazardous chemicals is intended to prevent or minimize the consequences of a catastrophic release of toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals from a process (29 CFR 1910.119). A process is any activity or combination of activities including any use, storage, manufacturing, handling, or on-site movement of highly hazardous chemicals. The rule applies to a process that contains a threshold quantity or greater amount of a toxic or reactive chemical.

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) administers the state plan program.


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