PSID is an easily accessible, secure database that tracks process safety incidents with a focus on the lessons learned from the reports. It contains over 830 incident details. Currently, over 500 users from about 100 CCPS member companies have access to PSID. Participants use the database to pool and share process safety incident experience among participating companies so they can learn from the experiences of others without suffering the consequences of failures, while minimizing corporate liability. PSID contains incidents and near misses that did or could have resulted in fires, explosions, fatalities, multiple injuries, and significant release of hazardous materials. PSID supplements a company's internal incident database, improves hazard assessments, and facilitates due diligence activities.
PSID Steering Committee
The new PSID will be launched this year on a modern, state of the art software platform. We are now assembling a new PSID Steering committee. We need long-term commitments for this important work. The updated platform will be fully configurable, easy to maintain, faster, reliable, and more efficient, thus enhancing user experience from data entry to reporting analytics and search functionality. Key content enhancements will include simplified incident types (fires, explosions, toxic releases, near misses) as well as lessons learned, root causes, emergency response, and references to key RBPS elements. Below are some of the responsibilities for the steering committee, including a pilot test of the new software platform.
- Program Development - Revise and update the program that manages PSID, which includes continuous improvement.
- Quality Control / Software Analysis – Help CCPS staff to maintain and provide continuous improvement to the database.
- PSID Advertising – Promote PSID and create incentives for incident input.
- Data Analysis – Evaluate data and create reports of general interest to PSID users.
The PSID committee is comprised of representatives from CCPS member companies. Any non-governmental or non-regulatory CCPS member company is eligible to join PSID.
In 2020, building on the valuable benefit of this database, a subcommittee of volunteers from member companies completed an exercise to revise the functional specifications of PSID to include new, modern terms and categories.
CCPS agrees to maintain the security and confidentiality of data submitted and to avoid disclosure of any information other than that agreed upon by the Participants or as required by law. Due to the confidentiality of the data, access for members must be approved by the member company’s PSID Administrator or by the PSID System Administrator. All participating companies should submit at least one incident per year to the database.
A number of special measures are in place to protect the confidentiality of data submitted by participants. Additionally, contracts between CCPS and any contractors hired to process confidential data will contain strict requirements for maintaining the security and confidentiality of the data. Information provided to the participants includes only sanitized and/or aggregated data for the entire database. Participating companies have the right to refrain from submitting any data that might become involved in litigation or may be sensitive for any other reason.
CCPS will not voluntarily disclose the data to non-PSID members. In the event that any public body, government agency of any kind, or any third party seeks disclosure of confidential information contained in the PSID via legal means, CCPS will notify the participants of such demand, and give the participants an opportunity to defend all confidential information contained in the database, either in their own name or in CCPS’ name, from disclosure.
PSID is an excellent platform for ‘Member Sharing’ and provides anonymity to those who wish to share incident data. Member companies who wish to enhance the breadth of knowledge in PSID can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.