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Becht Engineering has a wide variety of senior specialists covering process safety.  We are capable of supporting a range of client needs from individual gap closer (e.g. MOC systems) to full process safety audits.  We routinely combine the services of our experts to solve unique problems with multiple facets.

Our senior specialists have worked at all levels of premier owner operator organizations from field operators to general managers.  This enables us to evaluate problems from an owner’s perspective and focus on providing actionable solutions.  Becht Specialists cover a wide range of areas including:

  • Process Hazard Analysis
  • Operating Procedures
  • Training
  • Contractor Management
  • Pre-startup Safety Review
  • Mechanical Integrity
  • Hot Work Permitting
  • Management of Change
  • Incident Investigation
  • Compliance Audits
  • Facility Siting
  • Risk Assessments
  • Safe Operating Envelopes
  • Corrosion Control Documents
  • Shift Communication
  • Risk Management

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Becht process safety specialists can provide guidance in Process Safety Compliance & Stewardship, Operations Excellence, Process Safety Calculations, and Incident Investigations.  See below for explanations of each of these areas.

Process Safety Compliance & Stewardship

Process Safety Management (PSM) was officialy born in 1991; however, many facilities still struggle to meet basic compliance measures required by OSHA.  Becht Engineering has a wide array of expertise including heritage operations personnel, PSM department managers, and plant managers that have implemented process safety management measures at all levels.  A few examples of work Becht Engineering has performed are listed below:

  1. Fourteen Element PSM Audit for Major Petrochemical Plant
  2. Mechanical Integrity Audit for Lubes Facility
  3. Risk Assessment for Methanol Storage Tanks
  4. Facility Siting for Novel Technology Grassroots Plant

Operations Excellence

Process Safety consists of more than just OSHA mandated requirements.  There has been a recent push to focus on operations excellence which includes safe operating limits, safety critical information, operating procedures, operator rounds, and other areas.  Examples of services Becht Engineering has provided are listed below:

  1. Sitewide CCD/IOW Generation for Refinery
  2. Staffed 10 Operations Personnel for Refinery T/A
  3. Developed Mechanical Integrity System for Lubes Facility
  4. Operations Training Advisor at Refinery

Process Safety Calculations

Becht Engineering can prepare process safety calculations to design or audit equipment.  In addition, we can act as an owner’s advocate to monitor ongoing projects in the contractor’s office to assure quality control and minimize investment and engineering costs.  Some examples of services provided to clients are provided below:

  1. Vacuum Tower Fire Damage Assessment for International Refinery
  2. Flare Assessment for Packaging Plant
  3. Relief Valve Sizing for Chemicals Plant Tank Complex
  4. Fire Water System Evaluation for Refinery

Incident Investigations

Becht Engineering has assisted clients with incident investigation on a broad range of issues.  We have supported investigations that required courtroom litigation.  We are capable of supplying a team of operations personnel, engineers, or facilitators to assist or coordinate the full investigation.  Examples of work Becht Engineering has performed are listed below:

  1. FCC Main Air Blower Blade Failure
  2. Major Crane Overhaul Accident
  3. Tank Floor Separation

Have a question or would like more information on Becht's Process Safety Consulting Services?  You may click the link below for more help.


Contact Becht Process Safety Consulting

or Call Derek Becht at
(908) 394-1248

Contact Becht Process Safety Consulting

or Call Derek Becht at
(908) 394-1248

Domestic Work

Becht Engineering has supported projects and facilities within every state and province of the US and Canada.  

We have 12 offices throughout the US & Canada.

International Work

Becht Engineering has conducted many international projects. Selected locations are:

  • Central America
  • South America
  • Caribbean
  • Southeast Asia
  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Australia

PSM Implementation & Compliance

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The Process Safety Management rule (PSM), OSHA 1910.119, was implemented in the early 90’s, more than 20 years ago. Implementation was driven by a number of tragic accidents in the process industry. However, despite the long history of the rule and multiple preventable, catastrophic incidents, many companies still have not fully implemented PSM. Companies that have implemented the PSM rule often find it very challenging to maintain compliance. 

Becht Engineering has conducted numerous PSM, due diligence and mechanical integrity audits and discovered deficiencies in PSM compliance. We have even discovered major gaps in some facilities that have done well during OSHA audits. These plants were generally located where there are limited numbers of hydrocarbon and chemical processing facilities. OSHA simply lacked the local resources and skills to perform adequate audits...“flying under the regulatory radar screen.”