Course 3: Compliance Auditing for Process Safety/Risk Management

This course covers every aspect of auditing from gathering data via records and interviews, keeping notes, report writing, and making recommendations. Using all rules and methods taught in class, the second day is a workshop to audit actual PSM practices in a real-time setting.


$1,100.00 USD (per student) Online

$1,100.00 USD (per student) in USA

$1,495.00 USD (per student) in Bahrain and Dubai, UAE

This course can also be taught (either as-is or customized) at your site. Please contact PII for details about having our training provided at your site.

PSM Compliance Auditing for Process Safety/Risk Management Training | Process Improvement Institute | Course 3

Recommended prerequisites: A thorough understanding of the PSM and RMP regulations; for a refresher course on PSM, see Course 1. Others should consider attending Course 2 and apply PSM for at least one year before becoming a PSM/RMP auditor.

Typical Course Candidates

  • PSM Implementation Team Members – Anyone involved with implementation, including:
    • Managers – Operations, Safety and Executive
    • Engineers – Process, Safety and Mechanical
    • Environmental Management
  • Compliance Auditors

What You Will Learn:

  • Auditing fundamentals to help you structure effective PSM/RMP audits
  • How to apply PSM and RMP compliance auditing to your system
  • How to design audits that have dual purposes: verifying compliance with regulations and identifying weaknesses in the design and implementation of PSM/RMP programs
  • How to properly document audit results for compliance and for internal purposes
  • Extensive exercises and workshops are used to illustrate how to effectively perform each phase of a PSM audit
  • Gain hands-on experience in:
    • Reviewing PSM/RMP programs in an audit team environment with real-time
      constraints and the need for team member consensus
    • Writing specific, concise audit findings and observations
    • Auditing techniques, including interviewing skills

Take Home:

  • Comprehensive course notebook containing auditing tools and resources
  • Electronic copies of audit tools, allowing audit checklist/protocol customizations
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 1.3 CEUs & 1.3 COCs

Day 1 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

  • Scope of the audit
  • Audit techniques
  • Gathering data from people – interviewing
  • Keeping notes/records
  • Workshop: Interviewing
  • Gathering data from records – reviewing documentation
  • Gathering data from field observations
  • Workshop: Gathering, cataloging, and judging data
  • The audit report
  • The audit process – planning the audit
  • Audit follow-up and tracking

Day 2 (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

  • Case Studies: Auditing the PSM/RMP system and its processes and products
    • Small teams will:
      • Determine data needs
      • Gather data (interview role-players, get data from company files, etc.)
      • Use techniques taught in class to determine compliance with each element of PSM
      • Judge compliance with your PSM standard
      • Draft effective recommendations
    • Team presentations to class
  • Course examination (optional)

Bill BridgesBill Bridges will be the instructor for this course. He has taught this course many times over the past 10 years. To find out more about this course or to check into having this course taught at your site, contact Mr. Bridges at 1.865.675.3458 or by e-mail at

Revonda TewRevonda Tew is a primary instructor for this course. She has many years of PSM implementation experience, PSM auditing experience, and training experience. Feel free to contact Mrs. Tew at