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Risk Management Program Handbook: Accidental Release Prevention Under The 1990 Clean Air Act

Source: Thompson Publishing Group

Compliance with EPA's new Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations under the Clean Air Act is expected to be a time-consuming, complex process for many facilities
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Compliance with EPA's new Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations under the Clean Air Act is expected to be a time-consuming, complex process for many facilities.

With few exceptions, the RMP rule applies to all stationary sources that process or store more than the threshold quantity of at least one of the 140 listed toxic or flammable substances. EPA estimates that nearly 70,000 facilities are subject to the rule. (EPA's list of regulated chemicals is available below to help you determine if the RMP rule applies to your facility.)

Under the RMP rule, all regulated facilities—regardless of size—must develop a risk management program and prepare a written plan that summarizes key elements of the program. This plan, which becomes a public document, includes information on each facility's:

    HAZARD ASSESSMENTS that identify and analyze worst-case and alternative release scenarios, including estimation of potential onsite and offsite impacts;

    FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY that lists all previous incidents involving regulated substances;

    PREVENTION PROGRAM that covers operating procedures, maintenance, training, management of change, process safety information, etc.;

    EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM to mitigate any accidental releases that occur; and

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY of overall efforts to prevent accidental releases and update the program to incorporate lessons learned.

The Risk Management Program Handbook will guide you through this complex process. It was written by a team of experienced consultants from Arthur D. Little, Inc.—one of the leading consulting firms providing services in process safety and risk management.

The 766-page Handbook describes in detail the RMP rule's requirements and guides you in preparing your risk management program and writing your risk management plan. It includes the text of EPA guidance documents, technical information for determining your offsite impacts, charts, tables, graphics and more.

A subscription to the Risk Management Program Handbook includes the comprehensive loose-leaf manual, monthly update pages to keep the Handbook current and a monthly newsletter that tracks the latest developments in implementing the rule.

Sampling of Coverage

  • Performance Hazard Assessments
  • Elements required in the Prevention Program
  • Enhancing your Emergency Response Plan
  • Risk Communication
  • Coordination with OSHA's Process Safety Management standard
  • How to Write a Risk Management Plan
  • Documentation requirements
  • State programs
  • Enforcement issues

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