Laura Ankrom


Professional Engineer with over 18 years of experience in the process safety and risk management field, with significant involvement in OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) and USEPA Risk Management Program (RMP) compliance. Specializes in rollout, implementation, training, and auditing of global and site level process safety and risk management systems. Provides support for corporate management systems and leadership development. Based in Ohio.

Posts by Laura Ankrom:

June 5, 2019

Test the Integrity of your Process Safety Program with a Drill Down Audit

A hazard scenario-based, drill-down audit can uncover systematic issues brewing beneath the surface not often uncovered from a traditional compliance audit. This methodology exposes the pain points and, most importantly, the sources of those points by digging deep into the management system processes around Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)/Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), Process Safety Information […]

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March 2, 2016

USEPA Released Proposed Revisions to RMP Regulation (40 CFR Part 68)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released a pre-publication of the proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) rule changes last week to be published in the Federal Register. Comments are due 60 days after the date of publication in the Federal Register. A public meeting is planned for March 29, 2016. The proposed revisions and […]

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White Papers by Laura Ankrom:

Beyond Compliance Auditing: Drill ‘til you find the pain points and release the pressure!

The authors of this paper look beyond traditional OSHA PSM and USEPA RMP regulatory compliance auditing to explore the value of drilling down around the process safety lifecycle; locating the pain points; and releasing the pressure on the system. Compliance auditing has historically provided a “check-the-box” approach to meet regulatory requirements imposed by OSHA and USEPA. Regulatory compliance, however, is no guarantee of the prevention of major accidents. There is still a need to identify hazards, understand and manage risks. Today’s auditors need to determine how to systematically identify the root cause of the “pain points” that will foster conversations around releasing the “pressure” on existing practices to achieve a vibrant integrated process safety management system.

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A Leader’s Tactical Approach to Influence Changes in Process Safety Culture

Once an organization recognizes that a process safety culture change is needed, the question then becomes, how do we engage top level leadership so that they influence culture? And, what tactical activities and behaviors can leaders promote and participate in that will have a notable outcome? Key topics covered by the author include visible leadership, effective communications, risk based decision making, self-assessments, lesson learning, key performance indicators, and active monitoring and feedback.

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