Prior to the Deepwater Horizon incident, a total of 15 safety awards had been given to BP / Transocean over a period of years. Obviously these did not accurately measure process safety nor did they help to control major accident hazards.
However, there have been a few recent developments giving hope that things are starting to change…
First, a team of investigators presented 8 conclusions from the CSB’s investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The CSB concluded that a robust system of process safety indicators might have revealed many of these management system deficiencies before the Deepwater Horizon disaster occurred. Here is link to the full report: http://ehstoday.com/safety/csb-better-process-safety-management-system-might-have-revealed-deepwater-horizon-deficiencie?page=1 And good to see that regulators are taking action too –the American Petroleum Institute (API) establishing ‘Recommend Practice 754′ on safety performance indicators.
Ian Travers, Head of the Chemical Unit, Health and Safety Executive in the UK is helping to spread the word on process safety. The HSE published a case study on ScottishPower, a company that has come to grips with process safety. (here is a link to the case study: http://www.hse.gov.uk/comah/case-studies/case-study-scottish-power.pdf
Ian recently addressed Ivara customers on the Process Safety at the Ivara Reliability Leadership Summit held in New Orleans in May 2012. Ian commented that the lasting outcome from the Summit was how much more similarity there is between industries then there are differences and the perceived differences that are used as barriers to the adoption of good practice. A lot of sharing of best practices occurred over the 3 day event and to continue the sharing, Ivara customers are now able to share reliability program content and collaborate via EXP Cloud.
Lastly, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which was formed 50 years ago to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world, very recently announced new Guidelines for Senior Leaders on Corporate Governance for Process Safety. Here is a link to these important new guidelines http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/45/25/49865614.pdf
Good to see that CEOs and senior executives are being forced to understand risk and are starting to benchmark themselves against good practices.
I think it is starting to sink in…