On Friday, we told you OSHA was looking to revise its Process Safety Management (PSM) rules. As a part of that effort, the agency is asking whether PSM should apply to landside drilling, servicing and production of oil and gas wells. The notice was published in the Federal Register today. You can read what we said about the proposal in our last posting.
As they say in the movies: This is not a drill! Industry will have a limited time to comment on the rule and, while it will take a while for the proposal to work through the regulatory process, this is how the government may impose a safety management requirement similar to SEMS on landside operations.