OSA Resource Library

Below are resources and tools available to support participants as they work to advance personal and process safety within their organizations.  These resources may be filtered by OSA Foundational Area as well as OSA Participant Action. These resources are provided for illustration purposes only and do not amend existing industry standards or establish new standards.  Each company should develop its own approach, and sound business, scientific, engineering, and safety judgment should be used in employing the information contained herein.  


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    Planning Area

    Through Planning area actions, companies improve performance by establishing standard requirements, by instituting high risk identification and evaluations, and by managing change to equipment and operations.

    What is a What-If Analysis Methodology?

    What –If Analysis is a structured risk assessment method of determining the potential consequences of the failures that could occur and judging the likelihood of those consequences. 

    Barriers or Safeguards

    Barriers or safeguards are equipment or actions that directly prevent or mitigate an incident or impact. 

    Conducting Risk Assessments

    A risk assessment is an analysis of the risks present in a given activity or process.  It helps decisionmakers identify things that can go wrong and determine controls to prevent or mitigate the risk.

    Risk Prioritization Matrix

    A risk prioritization matrix is a tool to improve consistency in the qualitative assessment of workforce safety & health, public health & safety, environmental and asset and business & reputation risks.

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