10 Steps to Process Safety Excellence in Oil and Gas – Part 5

Process safety management (PSM) is a key concern for companies operating in the oil and gas industry, with new strategies and ways of dealing with challenges offering potential rewards in many areas.

As well as posing an immediate human and environmental risk, safety incidents can have wider repercussions relating to finance, brand reputation, regulations and the sector as a whole.

These are 10 steps companies can take to improve their safety management and minimise risk:

9. Ensure Safety Assessments Are Up To Standard

The most refined and considered approaches to PSM could be rendered pointless if the most basic aspects of management, such as safety assessments, are not executed effectively.

Any flaws or blind spots in the process, however insignificant they may seem, could create a risk or begin a chain of events that could result in a serious incident.

10. Pursue Regular Education And Training

Thorough education and training programmes can help keep a company's workforce informed of its responsibilities and also ensure that workers feel happy and confident with what they are doing.

In his article on the Digital Refining website, Mr Bennett revealed that DNV Energy recommended improvements to education and training after being retained by a major European company to improve its PSM. The firm's other proposed changes included a revised incident investigation process and the creation of an implementation plan for PSM.