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Sustaining Effective Process Safety Programs at CPI Facilities

By James A. Klein, ABSG Consulting Inc. |

The elements needed for excellence in a process safety program are known, but achieving top-level process safety performance requires sustained effort and focus Efforts to achieve excellent process-safety performance at chemical process industries (CPI) facilities are nothing new [1]. Experience shows that sustained excellent process safety performance is difficult, but not impossible, with the appropriate effort and resources. Although the CPI collectively possess the tools and knowledge for excellence in process safety, putting those into practice in all areas and at all times is difficult. For most companies, achieving sustained positive results in process safety requires continuous focus and dedication. Sometimes a single mistake or equipment failure can lead to catastrophic results. Humans make mistakes and equipment can fail at any time, but many mistakes can be prevented, or their impact anticipated and safeguarded against. Similarly, equipment can be designed appropriately and effectively maintained, and the impact of failures can be anticipated and safeguarded against. Excellent process safety performance requires continuous effort to implement, sustain and improve effective process-safety programs [2]. Guidance on the…
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