Recommended Industry Process Safety Metrics

Originally delivered Feb 13, 2008
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The BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel (“Baker Panel”) and US Chemical Safety Board each recommended improved industry-wide process safety metrics in their final reports dealing with the 2005 explosion at the BP Texas City refinery. This has also been a subject of frequent discussions among process safety organizations such as the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), magazine articles, or other forums. Individual companies and some trade associations had defined metrics, but a standardized set of metrics that is used by the majority of companies and trade associations around the world had not been implemented. In 2006 CCPS formed a committee to publish a Guideline defining uniform metrics that could serve as a global standard. The committee has published recommendations for leading and lagging metrics of PSM performance, which will be discussed in this webinar.


Tim Overton

Tim Overton is the Chief Process Safety Engineer for the Dow Chemical Company. Tim received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, and has nearly 30 years of experience in the chemical industry. Tim became actively involved in AIChE Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) in 2000, participating in numerous projects and workshops. Since 2006, Tim has been leading the CCPS project to develop and implement lagging, leading, and near-miss metrics of Process Safety performance that can be used by companies and associations to help drive continual improvement in process...Read more

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