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Guidance on meeting expectations of EI Process safety management framework element 6: Hazard identification and risk assessment

Process safety management (PSM) is vital in ensuring safe and continued operations in major accident hazard (MAH) organisations. However, recent incidents have outlined that a holistic understanding of the many factors of PSM is required to effectively ensure, and measure, performance.


In 2010, the Energy Institute (EI) published High level framework for process safety management (PSM framework).  This frameworkfocuses on defining what good PSM should involve. Following on from this publication, the EI Guidance on meeting expectations of EI Process safety management framework series of publications provides a process to help organisations ensure they meet the expectations set out for each of the 20 elements of the PSM framework.  Each element will be covered by its own publication in order to help organisations manage process safety more effectively.


EI Guidance on meeting expectations of EI Process safety management framework Element 6: Hazard identification and risk assessment sets out good practice for how organisations first identify and assess their hazards, and then determine how to manage the unmitigated risk of those hazards to a defined (tolerable) level, e.g. working to ALARP.  It addresses the identification of hazards and assessment of risks in three key categories: health and safety, environment and reputation, and business interruption.


It provides a process, along with guidance, to help organisations meet the expectations set out in the PSM framework, and suggests a number of compliance checks and performance measures (PMs) to determine the extent to which key activities involved in meeting these expectations have been or are being undertaken.  This is done through:

  • the provision of a logical flow diagram;
  • descriptions of activities ('steps') the organisation should undertake to manage this element;
  • detailed guidance notes, and
  • a list of further resources to help undertake key steps, and detailed annexes.

This guideline is intended for those responsible for managing and maintaining the safety management system of the organisation.  Readers implementing the guidance in this publication should be aware of the PSM framework and the other publications in this series, particularly if they are a senior manager with oversight of the wider implementation of PSM.

ISBN: 978 0 85293 666 5                                  1st edition                                    Sept 2014

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