Risk Management



The Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS) approach to risk management focuses resources on addressing critical credible failure scenarios. This is accomplished by prioritizing operations/equipment based on perceived risk and material type and quantity, identifying and ranking potential hazards using qualitative methodologies, and then using quantitative methodologies to evaluate the critical scenarios. This type of review is known to industry as risk assessment or Process Hazards Analysis (PHA).
Our comprehensive approach to process safety management can be applied to any industrial process and tailored to include all applicable regulatory elements. Our uncompromising commitment to safety led to the development and successful implementation of process safety management practices long before such practices became the focus of government regulation.
SMS has developed safe and reliable risk management systems to assess, categorize, decontaminate, disassemble equipment, and demolish facilities used for the processing of energetic materials. SMS has evaluated the suitability of various technologies for remote pipe cutting, boroscope inspection, thermal and/or chemical treatment, and destruction in place. Whether items are meant for reuse, recycle, or disposal, SMS can lead or assist your team to perform D3 activities in a safe and efficient manner.
SMS can assist you in understanding the regulations that apply to explosive operations. Our experienced staff understands civilian and military explosives manufacturing and storage regulations and their application. We specialize in interfacing with the individual regulating agencies (e.g., town, city, county, state, and the federal government) and ensuring your facility siting and design meet all requirements.
SMS personnel have extensive experience in participating with and leading incident investigations in the explosives, chemical, and manufacturing industries. We specialize in root cause analysis, reconstruction of events, and development of incident scenarios. SMS personnel are very versatile and can be quickly mobilized to your facility should the need arise.

Our staff is knowledgeable and experienced in a wide range of safety related topics and has conducted training seminars/ workshops in many aspects of process safety management. Training courses are tailored to meet the specific needs of the client company and its employees.

SMS has considerable experience in providing Explosive Safety Standards to clients. These standards include the following:

  • Processing Standard
  • Tooling and Equipment Standards
  • Facility Standards
  • Incident Investigation Standards
  • Training Standards
  • Procedure Standards
SMS can assist you in completing an Offsite Consequence Analysis including dispersion calculations and assistance in working with government agencies. If your facility stores or uses a chemical on the EPA regulated chemicals list above its threshold quantity, please contact us for further information.
SMS can assist you in identifying and mitigating a combustible dust hazard through site surveys, combustible dust testing, dust hazards analysis, and engineering controls.
Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS) provides arc flash services to ensure compliance with NEC, NFPA 70E, IEEE 158,4 and OSHA requirements.
SMS is qualified to assist chemical facilities by providing support in understanding the federal regulation, assisting in drafting a site SVA and/or SSP that will satisfy the regulations specified by the Department of Homeland Security while ensuring that the chemical facility is not overly burdened by compliance.
SMS works with clients to design a mechanical integrity program to the appropriate level of detail. We utilize a risk-based approach to mechanical integrity that meets OSHA regulatory requirements and establishes a framework for the prioritization of mechanical integrity activities.
Our SMS ergonomic analysis methodology provides practical solutions to ergonomic hazards encountered in a myriad of working conditions where cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) / repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), acute soft tissue injuries, or other ergonomic concerns are present. We are experienced in providing ergonomic evaluations ranging from the office, chemical processing, manufacturing, mining, and explosives industries. Our ergonomic capabilities can assist safety, health, and engineering professionals in resolving ergonomic-related issues.

Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS™) is internationally recognized for providing a variety of risk management services to a wide range of commercial clients and government agencies. SMS is a specialized team of highly qualified engineers and scientists who have experience applying risk management protocol to ensure safe processing and handling of explosives and hazardous chemicals.

Our approach to risk management emphasizes: 1) minimizing exposure of personnel, 2) minimizing quantities of hazardous materials, 3) “safety by design,” 4) accurate procedures and standards, and 5) rigorous training of personnel. Proper risk management focuses not only on normal operations/conditions but also on abnormal operations/conditions, equipment design, human factors, standard operating and contingency procedures, maintenance operations, and facility design and siting.

The SMS approach to risk management focuses resources on addressing critical and credible failure scenarios. This is accomplished by prioritizing operations/equipment based on perceived risk and material type and quantity, identifying and ranking potential hazards using qualitative methodologies (e.g., JSA, HAZOP, FMEA, etc.), and then using quantitative methodologies (e.g., probability risk assessment, Fault Tree, event probabilities, PROBIT analysis, etc.) to evaluate the critical scenarios. SMS provides Hazards Analysis support for a considerable number of clients on a diverse array of process.

SMS has unique capabilities and experience comparing in-process energies to the response of energetic material to the stimuli. We have developed effective methods for measuring, calculating, and/or modeling the normal and potential abnormal in-process energies. Our methodology allows us to compare this information with the energetic material response data, which is also in engineering units, and determine the probability of an initiation and incident.

Process Hazards Analysis

Regulatory Compliance

D3 Operational Support

Facility Siting and Design

Facility Siting and Design