Frequently asked questions

Process Safety Management/Risk Management Plan (PSM/RMP) Program Development & Implementation

Navigating the process of PSM/RMP Program Development and Implementation can be overwhelming. aeSolutions can assist with developing and implementing all elements required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), PSM Standard, 29 CFR 1910.119, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), RMP Rule, Part 40 CFR 68. aeSolutions has the knowledge and experience to assist with all levels of PSM/RMP development and implementation, from high level gap and applicability assessments to complete PSM/RMP site program development, including drafting procedures and creating mechanical integrity programs. Our team has assisted many clients from global corporations to single unmanned sites with PSM/RMP program development and implementation. We have experienced staff with industry experience who work closely with clients to customize programs to meet all their regulatory and internal expectations.

Compliance Auditing (PSM, RMP, and Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS))

Many companies have been required by PSM and/or RMP to audit their process safety performance for the last decade. aeSolutions understands that our clients are looking for more than a yes/no evaluation of the regulatory requirements. When properly executed, auditing provides you with the data needed to make informed decisions toward continuous improvement. We provide a cross functional team of auditors that understand the interrelationships of the process safety and risk management elements to perform this essential part of the process safety lifecycle. Our auditing team consists of chemical, mechanical, and electrical engineers with industry experience in design, maintenance and operations. Many of our auditors are also part of our risk assessment team as facilitators. Averaging 15 years of experience in process safety implementation and compliance, aeSolutions provides an integrated team of professionals experienced in all aspects of the process safety lifecycle.

ISA 61511 Gap Assessment

At aeSolutions, the combination of our Process Safety and Safety Instrumented Systems Engineering and Automation delivery capabilities enables us to perform a very thorough and pragmatic ISA84/IEC 61511 Gap Assessment. Our assessment team will evaluate your existing practices against the ISA-84.00.01-2004 (IEC 61511-Mod) standard and applicable elements from the OSHA's PSM Standard, 29 CFR 1910.119. These standards are recognized and generally accepted good engineering practice (RAGAGEP) for the design and maintenance of safety instrumented systems. Our assessment team is experienced in the development and implementation of functional safety management systems and proficient in the technical execution of the engineering work products. Our lead gap assessors are professional engineers and/or certified functional safety experts that are detailed in their evaluations of procedures, documentation and practices in place. They are valued for their ability to work with our clients to identify gaps or areas for continuous improvement and provide sustainable recommendations for gap closure.

Management of Change (MOC) Program Development & Implementation

Changes often occur in facilities that produce, use, handle and store hazardous materials. Managing these changes to ensure that failures are not introduced are essential to ensuring the safety of the employees and functional systems of a facility. aeSolutions can provide leadership in developing and improving your MOC system. It is essential that leadership supports the MOC process and provides the necessary stewardship to ensure proper system integrity and ongoing regulatory compliance.

Independent Protection Layer (IPL) Validation

When applying protection layers to a LOPA scenario, it is important to validate these layers against the six requirements for all IPLs; specific, independent, dependable, auditable, secure, and field verified. By performing and documenting how IPLs perform for each of these criteria, requirement gaps can be identified and closed. IPL validation will also bolster the auditability of the IPLs by providing information to confirm that an IPL is performing at the level required by the LOPA applied credit. aeSolutions can provide you with a standard validation form, training and field support, or work with you to customize the validation effort to be more specific to your corporate IPL requirements.

Alarm Management

aeSolutions can supply expertise for all stages of alarm management including lifecycle consulting for philosophy development, gap assessment of current alarm philosophy, alarm management and rationalization training, and facilitation of alarm rationalizations. Learn More

Mechanical Integrity Program Development & Implementation

Safety critical equipment is essential to ongoing safe operations. This equipment provides the means for controlling process safety risks associated with hazards from major incidents. By identifying the key components and developing an effective Mechanical Integrity management program, major equipment failures can be averted. aeSolutions personnel are experienced in developing the necessary mechanical integrity strategies for improving the Process Safety Lifecycle of a facility. Our personnel specialize in identifying existing gaps in facilities’ various layers of protection against the impacts from major hazards and providing best in class solutions for closing the identified gaps in a facilities’ Safety Critical Equipment Mechanical Integrity Program.