2.7 Pre-Startup Safety Review
29 CFR 1910.119 (i)
The employer shall perform a pre-startup safety review for new facilities and for modified facilities when the
modification is significant enough to require a change in the process safety information.
The pre-startup safety review shall confirm that prior to the introduction of highly hazardous chemicals to a
Construction and equipment are in accordance with design specifications;
Safety, operating, maintenance, and emergency procedures are in place and are adequate;
For new facilities, a process hazard analysis has been performed and recommendations have been
resolved or implemented before startup; and modified facilities meet the requirements contained in
management of change, paragraph (l).
Training of each employee involved in operating a process has been completed.
The purpose of PSRs is to ensure the following.
New or modified facilities and equipment are built and installed in accordance
with design requirements.
All process procedures and related process operator training are adequate and
completed prior to the introduction of hazardous materials into the process.
Adequate safety reviews are conducted
· All PrHA safety recommendations are complete prior to startup.
PSRs are important in MOC procedures after a process has been modified [Q74] or shut down
for process safety-related reasons.
Corresponding DOE Programs and Requirements
DOE readiness reviews serve many of the same functions as PSRs. PSRs completed for
processes covered by the PSM Rule support DOE readiness review requirements.
Operational readiness reviews are currently required for start and restart of nuclear facilities
under DOE O 425.1C, STARTUP AND RESTART OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES. There is a
general requirement for readiness reviews for new facilities under DOE O 430.1B, REAL
PROPERTY ASSET MANAGEMENT.
PSR documentation includes a checklist of items reviewed and the resulting action plan. (A
sample PSR checklist is provided at the end of this section.) DOE contractors should use a
graded approach to conducting PSRs. For simple processes, it may be adequate to complete a
form with appropriate authorization blocks indicating that the covered process is ready for