Walk the Line
Global Process Safety Manager
225 E. John Carpenter Freeway Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75234
Analysis of incident and event sharing data from sources such as the American Fuels and Petrochemical Manufactures (AFPM) process safety portal indicate that a large number of process safety incidents have control of energy causes. The most fundamental responsibility of the process plant operator is to control the energy between any two points in the process. Failure to control this energy due to improper line-up can lead to inadvertent mixing, challenges to safe operating limits, and loss of primary containment.
This paper will discuss a variety of practical conduct of operations topics that help the process operator bring consistency to operation in order to minimize line-up errors and the process safety incidents that result from them. The operational discipline topics discussed are: improved communication through shift notes, shift instructions, and operator evaluation, returning equipment to operation from maintenance, line labeling, and commissioning and process safety start-up review activities. A brief case study is presented that discusses results from these activities; collectively called Walk the Line.
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