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Guidance on meeting expectations of EI process safety management framework

Process safety management (PSM) is vital to ensuring safe and continued operations in major accident hazard (MAH) organisations.  However, PSM is a multifaceted process, and a number of high profile incidents since 2005 have suggested that without a holistic understanding of the various factors required for effective PSM it can be difficult and inefficient to ensure, and measure, performance.PSM swiss cheese 

In 2010 the EI published High level framework for process safety management (‘PSM framework’), which defines what PSM should involve. 

Guidance on meeting expectations of EI process safety management framework is a series of 20 publications (‘guidelines’) that build on the PSM framework.  Commissioned by the EI Process Safety Committee (PSC) each guideline captures and presents current industry good practices and guidance on how organisations can meet the expectations set out in each Element of the PSM framework.  Each guideline includes:

  • a logical flow diagram of activities (‘steps’) the organisation should undertake to manage that Element;
  • descriptions of those steps;
  • example performance measures (PMs) to measure the extent to which key steps have been undertaken;
  • a list of further resources to help undertake key steps;
  • a table mapping the steps against the expectations in the PSM framework, and
  • annexes of useful information.

20 Elements, 20 PSM guidelines

Each guideline will be published individually over the course of 2013 and 2014, and will be freely downloadable, or purchasable as a priced hard copy publication.  Links to the download/purchase page for each guideline will appear below as they are published.

(Note: to download for free, or to purchase, you must first register and log in to

Element no. Title Status
1 Leadership, commitment and responsibility Available here
2 Identification and compliance with legislation and industry standards Available here
3 Employee selection, placement and competency, and health assurance Available here
4 Workforce involvement Available here
5 Communication with stakeholders Available here
6 Hazard identification and risk assessment Available here
7 Documentation, records and knowledge management Available here
8 Operating manuals and procedures Available here
9 Process and operational status monitoring, and handover Available here
10 Management of operational interfaces Available here
11 Standards and practices Available here
12 Management of change and project management Available here
13 Operational readiness and process start-up Available here
14 Emergency preparedness Available here
15 Inspection and maintenance Available here
16 Management of safety critical devices Available here
17 Work control, permit to work and task risk management Available here
18 Contractor and supplier, selection and management Available here
19 Incident reporting and investigation Available here
20 Audit, assurance, management review and intervention Available here

For more information on this series of publication, contact Sam Daoudi Tel: +44 (0)207 467 7193