Presented by Eric J. Conn, Micah Smith, and Beeta Lashkari
Following the tragic West Fertilizer explosion in 2013, then-President Obama issued an Executive Order directing OSHA, EPA and other agencies to “modernize” the way the government regulates chemical process safety. OSHA and EPA took sweeping actions in response to the Executive Order, from enforcement initiatives (like a new wave of Refinery and Chemical Facility PSM National Emphasis Program inspections) to rulemaking and interpretation letters to an overhaul of OSHA’s PSM and EPA’s RMP regulatory programs. Then President Trump took office with a de-regulatory agenda, leaving the regulated community to wonder what this meant for the latest efforts to regulate process safety.
Rather than a unwavering drive toward deregulation, however, the Trump Administration initiatives in this area have been splintered, with some deregulatory initiatives proceeding, others coming to a complete halt, and still others being pared back in a deregulatory-lite fashion. For instance, we saw immediate delays and the beginning of rollbacks of new process safety regulations, yet enforcement initiatives appeared to move forward unhindered. And now, with three years of the Trump Administration in the books and an important Presidential Election looming, it remains unclear where the regulatory landscape will ultimately settle.
This webinar will review the status and likely future of OSHA’s PSM Standard and EPA’s RMP Rule, as well as other major process safety developments from the federal government, state governments, and industry groups.