Sustain Barriers

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This is an extract of the supporting information & guidance cards from the IOGP Process Safety Fundamentals documented in their Report 638.

  • We discuss the purpose of hardware and human barriers at our location.
  • We evaluate how our tasks could impact process safety barriers.
  • We speak up when barriers don’t feel adequate.
  • We perform our roles in maintaining barrier health and alert supervision to our concerns.
  • We use an approval process for operations with degraded barriers.

Tips for Managers:

  • Provide tools (e.g., bowties) to enable front-line workers to understand and visualise the process safety barriers at their location.
  • Discuss process safety barriers with front-line workers during site visits.
  • Ensure that systematic barrier management processes are in place and that necessary resources are allocated to test and maintain barriers.
  • Implement approved risk reduction measures for degraded or failed barriers and restore barrier functionality as soon as practical.

This page only summarises the guidance – refer to the IOGP report and/or IOGP website for further information.

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