Focus Article - Process Safety Information for Explosives

Key to the entire concept of PSM is a clear and accurate understanding of the process materials. Process materials include ingredients, key intermediaries, and final products. Without accurate and adequate understanding of the process materials assumptions and rules-of-thumb replace engineering analysis and informed decisions. These substitutes may appear to work for a while, but sooner or later they’ll fail. In today’s market place, products change, processes are updated, faster and less expensive options are implemented, and without a sound understanding of the energetic material characteristics, risk management will be lost in the shuffle.