Risk Management Services
Process Safety focuses on the prevention of Fires, Explosions, and the release of Chemical substances that can result in a substantial financial loss. There could be multiple fatalities, and long-term damage to your business. By contrast, workplace safety is focused on the injuries to employees resulting from accidents such as falls, chemical splashes, or limbs getting trapped within the machinery.
Historically, success in Workplace Safety was considered to be a good indicator of Process Safety, however recent history has shown this is often not the case. There are sound reasons as to why we should view both as interlinked, with their overlaps and common tools. Both Workplace Safety and Process Safety require some common features, such strong operational procedures and discipline along with clearly demonstrated management with a commitment to learning from incidents and near misses. Periculum Global was founded with the sole intention of interlinking these critical elements of Safety into a singular source solution.
Good process safety is not always a natural consequence of good Workplace Safety, just because safety procedures are being followed does not mean people are following the rules and regulations that have been put in place. Therefore, there are times when it may require special attention and additional tools beyond those of workplace safety.
At Periculum Global we have been managing Risk for clients around for globe more than a decade in the most High-Risk arenas spanning from Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Construction, Engineering, IT and Banking. We are a leading supplier in Risk Management Services and offer a unique service that provides multiple specialisms from a singular source. A service that has gone unrivalled for years.
For Safety excellence, industry has to seek out the most efficient solution for managing Risk, we at PG are that solution.
Below detail the more common challenges between Workplace Safety and Process Safety
Cognitive Differences and Their Consequences
Process Safety is concerned with reducing the risk of low probability and high impact events. By contrast, Workplace Safety is concerned with reducing the likelihood of lower impact and higher frequency events.
This key difference has consequences in terms of management approach, such as injuries, these cause pain and have a huge emotional impact. As a trailing indicator, employees pay attention to injury performance. An absence of catastrophic events says nothing about their potential. Here, the use of leading indicators is appropriate, but employee impact is less.
Visibility of Actions
A Good or poor Workplace Safety environment is generally visible to organisations and individuals who have developed risk awareness skills. Safe and Unsafe acts are identifiable during safety observations, such as Audits and Management walkarounds. Observing Process Safety can be difficult, since risky behaviour is not always visible during these times.
Process Safety requires high levels of Education, Training, and the Competence to understand any of the complex problems, that can and do arise. It also requires soft skills to work in teams which inevitably have a diverse membership.
Process Safety Management can suffer from diffuse responsibility. Responsibility comes from the amalgamation of inputs from our Design Engineers, Process Engineers, Safety Specialists, Managers, Operators, Contractors, including all Construction workers.
However, the line manager may not always have the competence, resources, or time to fully integrate the Process Safety Management task, hence why there is dependence on all support departments, it is an absolute necessity to have all departments working together to help create a safe working environment.
Process Safety Performance Indicators (PSPIs)
PSPIs can be effective at bringing responsible parties together creating a solid drive towards the improvements needed. PSPIs must be carefully selected to focus where the organisation needs to improve. KPI’s are not new or uncommon and most workplace utilize them, however KPI’s need to cover all required elements. PG are experts in defining and implementing KPI’s that allow client to assess performance of all elements of Risk.
Workplace EHS Managers / Teams are often given total Risk management responsibility, often without sufficient knowledge of all elements of Risk. As workplace Safety and Process Safety share the common term ‘Safety’ it is often assumed that these are interchangeable and one of the same. While their underlying principles remain the same their application and skill requirements are entirely different. We as PG employ a team of both Workplace Safety Specialists and Process Safety Engineers enabling us to provide complete Risk Management solutions to our clients.
High Reliability Cultures
A companies Safety culture is the collection of the beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to risks within an organization. Often this is related more towards Workplace Health and Safety.
Organisations with a responsibility to Manage Process Safety Risks are tasked with expanding the traditional Safety culture into a Total Risk Management Culture. Health and Safety Culture as a term generally refers to that of workplace Safety.
Changing a culture is likely one of the hardest challenges that a company shall face in terms of Risk Management. The PG team are experts in analysing current cultural status, developing and implementing solutions that make the transition between Workplace Safety Cultures to Total Risk Managed Cultures.