Safety Moments for the Process and Energy Industries

Safety Moments for the Process and Energy Industries

Safety Moments

Safety Moments are short presentations that illustrate some aspect of personal or process safety. They are often used to start a meeting.

They generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • An incident analysis that provides lessons learned;
  • A discussion to do with the principles of process safety management; or
  • An explanation of equipment design or operation.

A list of currently available Safety Moments is shown at the left side of this page. They are described in greater detail here.

Safety Moments 1-52 have been collected into the ebook 52 Process Safety Moments.

Some of the Safety Moments have a matching video.


If you are using a safety moment at a meeting ask the attendees to share a personal story that has similarities to the Safety Moment just presented.


It is useful to analyze each Safety Moment in terms of the elements of process safety management (PSM). The structure provided by the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is representative.

  1. Process Safety Culture
  2. Compliance
  3. Competence
  4. Workforce Involvement
  5. Stakeholder Outreach
  6. Knowledge Management
  7. Hazard Identification and Risk Management
  8. Operating Procedures
  9. Safe Work Practices
  10. Asset Integrity / Reliability
  11. Contractor Management
  12. Training / Performance
  13. Management of Change
  14. Operational Readiness
  15. Conduct of Operations
  16. Emergency Management
  17. Incident Investigation
  18. Measurement and Metrics
  19. Auditing
  20. Management Review

For example, Safety Moment #89: Layout of Process Facilities relates to:

  • Hazard Identification;
  • Asset Integrity; and
  • Conduct of Operations.

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