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A Strong Process Safety Culture leads to Strong Process Safety Performance

A culture of safety has become important and necessary throughout industry.  One of the best ways to enhance facility goals is by sharing of best practices. The importance of process safety to the individual, the organization, and the community should be understood by all in the organization. Each individual should be aware of his/her responsibilities with respect to their process safety performance. The culture should reflect a strong individual and group intolerance for violations of norms of process safety performance.

This topic will be discussed in detail at the National Safety Symposium hosted by ChemStewards in Houston, TX October 11 & 12.  Presenting on the topic is Donald W. Abrahamson who has over forty-nine years of experience in the Chemical, Petrochemical and Oil and Gas Industry.  He is a CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional (CCPSC) and a Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) through The Institute of Internal Auditors. Prior to establishing his own Global Process Safety Company, Don has worked as a process safety and risk engineer for various chemical companies. During his career, he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas including: process safety management, operations management, process safety engineering, technical management, quality assurance management, process development and research. With his many years of hands-on process safety and engineering experience, Don is able to provide many effective process safety solutions to meet complex process safety requirements.

Don’s mantra “An organization’s process safety culture is founded on its underlying values regarding process safety.” He will discuss key principles to consider when implementing Safety culture in your organization.

  • Establishing process safety as a core value
  • Providing strong leadership
  • Establish and enforce high standards of process safety performance
  • Maintain a sense of vulnerability
  • Empower individuals to successfully fulfill their safety responsibilities
  • Ensure open and effective communications
  • Establish a questioning / learning environment
  • Provide timely response to process safety issues and concerns and maintain process safety competency.  
  • Acceptable behaviors must be modeled at all levels of the organization through leadership by example.
Don believes that while Process Safety Culture is not required by regulation, it is well recognized by industry as a key component in a sites process safety management system.  The National Chemical Symposium is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your organizationsprocess safety culture. To learn more about the event contact ChemStewards@socma.com
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