(78c) One Company's near Miss Program - Successes, Learning, and Improvements
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Abstract For 8th Global Congress on Process
(Process Plant Safety Symposium)
One Company's Near Miss Program - Successes, Learning,
Shakeel H. Kadri
Glen A. Peters
Air Products & Chemicals Inc.
7201 Hamilton Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18195 USA
Process safety near misses
and incidents are a key indicator of a company's process safety performance. The
goal in reporting and evaluating near misses is to improve Operators' hazards
awareness by recognizing unsafe conditions and acting on less severe near miss
events before they escalate into more severe Tier 1 and Tier 2 type process
safety incidents. Near miss analysis can also be used to identify themes and
trends that a company should focus on to improve process safety risk management
at their facilities.
Air Products and Chemicals,
Inc. has been reviewing process safety near miss events for many decades but
has developed and fine-tuned a detailed and systematic Near Miss Program within
the last five years. The current program is modeled after CCPS guidelines with
specific provisions for unique hazardous materials that Air Products handles.
This presentation will describe the global management program, which must deal
with the challenges of approximately 1,500 plus process safety near miss
entries per year; worldwide operations in over 40 countries; many different
business units; and very diverse hazardous materials, systems, and services
provided globally. The breadth of the Near Miss Program, from technician to
executive, and the depth of the program, from initial design to plant
decommissioning, will be presented. Near Miss Program learning and
improvements will be described that have enabled Air Products to efficiently
analyze near misses, identify improvements in our process safety management
program, as well as functional work processes, and effectively communicate
global leadership improvement messages addressing near miss themes and trends to
help support our Process Safety performance continuous improvement goals.
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