Process Safety Management (PSM) Division

The Process Safety Management (PSM) Division of the CSChE is a national network of more than 300 volunteers. The division connects individuals with a common interest and expertise in PSM to create networking opportunities and to share ideas.


The Division

  • Develops and disseminates important publications and tools related to the practice of PSM in Canada
  • Promotes awareness, understanding and use of PSM tools
  • Influences and encourages a public policy framework that incorporates PSM principles
  • Furthers the advancement and development of PSM ideas, theorems, tools, services, and techniques
  • Fosters PSM in chemical and related engineering, technical, science and management education, and professional development
  • Monitors PSM metrics to identify gaps in PSM knowledge or applications, and facilitates and encourages appropriate corrective action
  • Recognizes outstanding career achievements through the Process Safety Management Award


Committee Meetings

Executive Committee


The PSM Subject Division has released several publications with the goal of reducing the likelihood and consequences of process-related incidents and improving performance through the understanding and application of PSM.

PSM Standard, 1st Edition
This Standard identifies the requirements of a management system that will address the scope of issues covered by PSM for facilities handling or storing potentially hazardous materials. It should be used in conjunction with the PSM Guide, which briefly explains the meaning of the elements and components.

Process Safety Management Standard Audit protocol.ver 1.01
The questions in the PSM Audit Protocol have been prepared as a master audit tool that can be used to establish whether an organization is meeting the requirements of the PSM Standard.

PSM Audit Protocol Workbook 
The PSM Standard Audit Protocol Workbook is a tool to assist auditors in organizing and carrying out an audit, including scheduling, opening and closing day activities, and arrangement of audit questions by organizational responsibilities.

PSM Guide, 4th Edition
This guide shows the scope of PSM and explains briefly the meaning of its elements and components.

Site Self-assessment Tool Outil d’autoévaluation du site
This tool will help you to establish a baseline of your site’s current level of awareness and use of the important techniques for preventing process-related incidents. It will also assist in identifying priority areas for improvement.

Guidelines for Site Risk Communication
If the site may pose a risk to the surrounding community, it is essential that people know what to expect if an emergency happens. The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC, formerly the Canadian Chemical Producers Association) has developed Guidelines for Site Risk Communication which take you through the basics of what to do and why, including how to handle your worst-case scenario.

Risk Assessment – Recommended Practices for Municipalities and Industry
For experienced risk analysts it is a working document or tool, but it is also useful for the layperson as a reference work and an aid to judge when to enlist the advice of an experienced risk analyst.

Risk-Based Land Use Planning Guidelines  and Accompanying Cover Note
This document was developed in 1995 by the Major Industrial Accidents Council of Canada (MIACC), a voluntary alliance of interested parties dedicated to reducing the frequency and severity of major industrial accidents.

Control of Major Accident Hazards in Canada
It is the intention of this report to first examine whether industry in Canada is effectively governed with regard to major industrial accidents involving hazardous materials. Secondly, the report makes recommendations to the CCPA as to how this aspect of industry safety can be improved if needed.

Managing the Health and Safety Impacts of Organizational Change
Provides a guideline for process industries on how to manage the health and safety aspects of organizational change.

Business Case for Process Safety
The Business Case for Process Safety is an industry-wide study that identifies and explains the ways businesses benefit from implementing a robust process safety program.

A Quick Guide to Identifying Process Hazards  and Flowchart
A stepwise flowchart and process to size up the major process hazards on site.

Safety Haven 
This PSM article originally appeared in the October 2012 issue of ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News.

PSM Handbook and Charter