Process Safety Culture

On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crewmembers aboard. After extensive investigation, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) concluded that the organizational safety culture gaps contributed significantly to this loss. Upon review of The CAIB report, the CCPS Technical Steering Committee concluded that the same cultural factors that impacted NASA could also impact on the chemical and petroleumn industries. CCPS invites chemical, petroleum, and other companies to use these materials to evaluate their company's process safety culture and to develop improvement strategies.

Developing, sustaining, and enhancing the organization's process safety culture is one of elements in the RBPS pillar of committing to process safety. CCPS members invite you to start the journey by reviewing the Building Process Safety Culture Tool Kit and then explore resources listed below to understand the attributes of a sound culture, and how your organization might begin to enhance its own culture.

Process Safety in Power Plants

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Process Safety is a very common and used topic in the chemical industry. According to CCPS, an incident is reported as a process safety incident if...

Visual Aid to Reduce Spurious Trips and Nuisance Alarms

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
HAZOP and Safety Integrity Level (SIL studies encourage adding safeguards such as alarms and trip with little consideration for cost or operability...

PSM Challenge for Unregulated Upstream Facilities

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May 1, 2013
Upstream oil and gas facilities are typically exempt from the OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) standard; however, in light of recent regulatory...

Promoting Commitment to Process Safety

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Apr 30, 2013
Successful implementation of process safety management (PSM) typically requires the use of a combination of physical and procedural safeguards...

Using Assessments to Improve Process Safety Culture

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Apr 30, 2013
It is generally accepted that companies managing highly hazardous chemicals require a strong process safety culture and process safety management...

Beyond the 2 Million Safe Hours

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Apr 30, 2013
ABSTRACT In September 2012, WorleyParsons Arctic Business Unit, part of WorleyParsons Western Operations in Southern California, celebrated...

Identifying Root Causes in Auditing

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Apr 30, 2013
AIChE 9th Global Congress on Process Safety April 28-May 1, 2013 San Antonio, TX Call for Papers Title: Identifying Root Causes in Auditing Authors:...

Worker Behavior Changing by Dynamic Culture

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Apr 30, 2013
INTRODUCTION The chemical industries need appropriated project of process to control safety and production avoiding accidents and environmental...

Process Safety - A Value Not Just a Priority

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Apr 30, 2013
Process Safety in any Organisation will only be efficient when its Safety culture allows. If Process Safety Management (PSM) efforts are subjected to...

Process Safety: At the Heart of Operations

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Apr 29, 2013
Process Safety is no longer a supporting function but core business in any organization that operates high risk facilities. To ensure a safe and...

How to Create A Safety Culture

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Apr 29, 2013
Safety cultures to not spontaneously occur. Safety cultures are nourished by operating managers who set high standards and who foster trust and...

Critical Alarm Management : Connecting the Dots

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
In the aftermath of some high profile national security incidents, investigations starting with the catastrophe or near miss and working backwards...

Human Factors and Their Optimization

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
Weak control of human factors leads directly to error. An error can result in an initiating event of an accident sequence (directly by the mistake...

Perspectives on Ragagep

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Apr 2, 2014
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice or RAGAGEP is a fundamental building block of OSHA's PSM standard. OSHA has announced...

Becoming a Great Process Safety Leader

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Apr 2, 2014
Leaders play a critical role in catastrophic event prevention through their effect on culture. At least one cultural factor was a root cause...

Engaging Employees in Catastrophic Event Prevention

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Apr 2, 2014
Implementing an effective process safety system goes beyond documented policies and procedures. It requires behavioral reliability in its execution...

Compliance: The Necessary Evil

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Apr 2, 2014
Compliance: The Necessary Evil Compliance is not optional. Where process safety regulations are in place and enforced, failure to comply puts one’s...

Process Safety Culture - Making This a Reality

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Apr 1, 2014
There is a lot of attention on Process Safety Culture. Many implementers see this as an intangible attribute of a company or site. Others see this as...

Typical Elements of Process Safety Management

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Apr 1, 2014
This paper will present a suggestion of key elements that will provide grants for companies to develop their process safety management system, which...

"All in" Means "All the Time"

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Apr 1, 2014
Process safety must be the responsibility of all technical and operations personnel. As such, this responsibility is not limited to attendance at PHA...

Technology Qualification - Two Subsea Applications

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Apr 1, 2014
A project that deploys new technologies needs to be confident that the technology can be implemented successfully and will perform reliably as...

Real-Time Risk Assessment and Decision Support

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Apr 1, 2014
Managers and operators of major hazard facilities make complex decisions in hazardous situations as a part of their daily work activity. These...

How to Influence the Organization

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Apr 1, 2014
Process Safety professionals are typically not in the line management organization. Instead, they serve as engineering team members, corporate staff...
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