Effective Management of Change (MOC) is vital for safe, reliable operations. The recommendations of the CSB’s incident investigations and the CCPS process safety literature indicate that a vast number of chemical incidents are a result of poor implementation of Process Safety Management (PSM), and in part also due to issues with the operator’s MOC process. Impending requirements such as the CAL OSHA proposed GISO §5189.1 are likely to have the largest regulatory impact since OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119, Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals first enacted in 1992. Organizations not only need to keep pace with regulatory changes such as these, but their MOC processes also need to cultivate learning and continuous improvement.
Sphera introduces a benchmark MOC process to address current challenges. The design has learning at its core and embeds continuous improvement to ensure changes are consistently implemented properly. An overview of the impact of the amendments to the PSM’s MOC element, such as the need to include the management
of organizational change (MOOC) in the existing MOC process requirements, is also provided. These updates are incorporated in the Sphera benchmark MOC process
workflow chart provided in the paper.