Last summer, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated its intention to require ag retailers of anhydrous ammonia to comply with Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations. While state and federal ag industry associations continue to push back on this new requirement, OSHA will begin enforcing PSM as soon as October 1, 2016 if Congress does not act to prevent the new regulation.
To assist with this new requirement, the ResponsibleAg Initiative now offers MyPSM+RMP Compliance Assistance Tool* and PSM Training Modules* available now atwww.responsibleag.org. These online materials will assist ag retailers in complying with the complex PSM rule and the associated Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program Level 3 obligations.
The MyPSM+RMP compliance assistance tool was developed by Asmark Institute, The Fertilizer Institute, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The Compliance Tool and Training Modules are available without cost to all retailers. Facilities enrolled in ResponsibleAg have access to enhanced plan and documentation functionality. ResponsibleAg members also have access to the ResponsibleAg help desk, where they can receive answers to compliance questions on PSM and other federal regulations.
“A rule of PSM’s scope and depth creates incredible compliance challenges for small businesses, and we urge retailers to take advantage of this opportunity,” said ResponsibleAg Executive Director Bill Qualls. “Given the time involved in compliance, and the seasonal nature of the retail business, being ready for PSM compliance in September necessitates becoming involved now.”
ResponsibleAg encourages all agricultural retailers to visit www.responsibleag.org and learn more about the benefits of participation.
To access the MyPSM+RMP tools, go to www.responsibleag.org and select “participants.” This page provides access to a landing page where visitors have the option of accessing “training modules,” or clickig on the MyPSM+RMP logo for the compliance assistance tool.
For more information on these compliance programs, please contact the ResponsibleAg Help Desk at (270) 683-6777 or visit the ResponsibleAg website.