Report Process Safety Incidents

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Acceptance of small leakages, near misses or substandard practices.

When Important

  • When related to Safety Critical Equipment.
  • Small leakages & Activation of barriers.

Challenges in the Field

  • No open learning culture that stimulates intervention by all on safety.
  • Production pressure.
  • Bad follow-up and feedback on reported items.
  • Difficult reporting tools.

Options to Get it Right

  • Create a culture where reporting nasty items is considered valuable feedback to improve safety. Have time available for that.
  • Report all spills: have an easy database to do so.
  • Follow-up on reported items and provide feed-back.
  • Classify LOPC according to a standard and have a KPI with a target.
  • Ensure workers recognise and report on TIER 3 & 4 incidents, that is weak signals or leading indicators, that should include:
    • Small leakages.
    • Failures of safety critical systems.
    • Activation of a last line of defence like a safety interlock.
    • Fires; liquid hammering; vibrations; corrosion.
    • Pressure or temperature outside design: like Autorefrigeration.
    • Locked or car-sealed valves not in the right position.
    • Long standing or nuisance alarms.
    • Ignition sources in zoned area’s; ATEX deficiencies.
    • Deviation of critical procedures.

This page only summarises the guidance – refer to the EPSC website for further information.

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