Course 1: Process Safety Management (PSM) Overview

This course introduces the PSM architecture (written programs, roles and responsibilities, implementation including training, record keeping, and auditing). The course explores all 14 key elements (parts) of a comprehensive PSM program and how the overall architecture applies to each. Links between elements and integration with existing and sometimes overlapping current company policies (such as quality and reliability programs) are also discussed.

This course is only offered as a private offering at a client’s site. Please contact PII for details about having our training provided at your site.

Process Safety Management (PSM) Overview Course 1 (1-Day) | Process Improvement Institute

Recommended prerequisites: None. However, either this course or Course 2 should be taken before Courses 4 through 9 (on various PSM elements). For a more in depth study you should plan to attend Course 2.

Typical Course Candidates

  • Managers – Operations, Safety and Executive
  • Engineers – Process, Safety and Mechanical
  • Compliance Auditors
  • Environmental Management and Technicians

What You Will Learn:

  • Basic performance-based requirements of PSM standards
  • Jargon for communicating PSM requirements to others throughout the organization
  • Specific guidelines for developing written programs tailored for each PSM element
  • How to avoid costly implementation mistakes
  • For each element
    • How to begin implementation at your company
    • Additional training necessary for implementation of specific elements

Take Home:

  • Comprehensive course notebook containing
    • Sources of PSM information
    • Comprehensive list of key PSM performance indicators
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 0.8 CEUs & 0.8 COCs
Course Outline (1-day, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Introduction to PSM

  • Overview of PSM standards and regulations, summary, definitions, origins, goals

Elements of PSM:

  • Employee Participation
  • Process Safety Information
  • Operating Procedures
  • Hot Work Permit/Safe Work Practices
  • Training
  • Contractors
  • Process Hazard Analysis
  • Management of Change
  • Mechanical Integrity
  • Pre-Startup Safety Review
  • Emergency Planning and Response
  • Incident Investigation
  • Compliance Auditing
  • Trade Secrets
  • Management Commitment and Accountability

PSM programs – Developing, Implementing and Planning

Overview of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for PSM elements

Bill BridgesBill Bridges is a primary instructor for this course. He has taught this course and the longer version (Course 2) to over 2000 students on 6 continents. To find our more about this course or to check into having this course taught at your site, contact Mr. Bridges at 1.865.675.3458 or by e-mail at

Revonda TewRevonda Tew is a primary instructor for this course. She has many years of PSM implementation experience and training experience. Feel free to contact Mrs. Tew at