ResponsibleAg announced the availability of MyPSM+RMP Compliance Assistance Tool and PSM Training Modules. These online materials will greatly assist agricultural retailers comply with the complex Process Safety Management (PSM) rule and the associated Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program Level 3 obligation. The training modules were developed by ResponsibleAg with assistance from Asmark Institute, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) and the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA). The MyPSM+RMP compliance assistance tool was developed by Asmark Institute, The Fertilizer Institute, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
The new ResponsibleAg compliance toolkit meets an urgent need on the part of ag retailers for comprehensive, straightforward guidance as they sprint to meet the new PSM rule requirement. In July, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changed the definition of "retail facility" under the PSM Standard. As a result of this action, agricultural retailers who handle over 10,000lbs of anhydrous ammonia must comply with the PSM Standard by the end of September, 2016, and comply with the Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule, Program Level 3, by the end of March 2017.
While the Compliance Tool and Training Modules are available without cost to all retailers, facilities that have enrolled in ResponsibleAg have access to enhanced plan and documentation functionality within the MyPSM+RMP compliance assistance tool. 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 these tools, visit the ResponsibleAg website (www.ResponsibleAg.org), and select "participants." This page provides access to a landing page where visitors have the option of selecting "training modules" to access the modules, or the MyPSM+RMP logo for the compliance assistance tool.For more information, contact the ResponsibleAg Help Desk at (270) 683-6777 or visit the ResponsibleAg website.