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Process Safety is a disciplined framework for managing the integrity of operating systems and processes handling hazardous substances by applying good design principles, engineering, and operating practices. It deals with the prevention and control of incidents that have the potential to release hazardous materials or energy. Such incidents can cause toxic effects, fire, or explosion and could ultimately result in serious injuries, property damage, lost production, and environmental impact.
It was following several investigations into the BP Texas City disaster that greater attention began to be placed on the whole "process safety" question. Those investigations collectively concluded that BP had pretty good "personal safety" in place, but absolutely awful process safety measures. It was these system failures, at the process safety level, that were found to be amongst the most significant in the accident causation event chain.
The image clearly demonstrates the risk that businesses take by placing too great an emphasis on the personal safety side of the equation. Over the previous two decades, or so, we have seen an increasing focus on personal safety (often labelled as behavioural or BBS interventions). TransformationalSafety.Com has long been recognized as an overt critic of the over-reliance on personal safety metrics. Even high hazard industries, such as petrochemical operations, still continue to make this error consistently.
On the day that the BP Deepwater Horizon blew up the senior executive team were on the rig celebrating seven years LTI free. At the moment they were cutting the cake eleven guys died. So what we see is the imbalance between process safety and personal safety has consistent toxic outcomes.
In 2012 TransformationalSafety.Com was approached by a significant chemical manufacturer and presented with a challenge. This organization had implemented the Transformational Safety Culture methodology within their business. As a proactive safety aware leadership team they asked themselves a significant question.
This was, in effect, an excellent example of High Reliability thinking (without even knowing it).
The challenge put to TransformationalSafety.Com was the design of a survey methodology that leveraged the power of the TransformationalSafety.Com wireless survey technologies (and reporting protocols) in such a way that we could effectively analyse where a business might be, mapped against the Process Safety Model.
Thirty two years since Bhopal, thirty years since Chernobyl, twenty eight since Piper Alpha and what have we learned?
Not much. After all, we have seen Texas City, Macondo, the Soma mine collapse, the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, and the list just goes on - all in the last ten years or so. Clearly what we have been doing has not been working.
The time has come to take some real responsibility, and put some science back into safety. The time has come to transform your safety culture. The cost of not doing anything shall be further death and injury.