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July 26, 2004

Process Safety Management for Highly Hazardous Chemicals

Superseding DOE-HDBK-1101-96 (February 1996)

This handbook provides information necessary to determine if a chemical process is covered by the PSM Rule and provides an interpretation of the 14 elements of the PSM Rule. An overview of these elements is given in Table 1.1. This handbook also describes DOE programs that may, with or without modification, satisfy the requirements of this Rule. Questions and answers, based on OSHA's responses to questions from industry and labor, are provided at the end of most sections.