Safety

The following articles provide information to do with the safe design and operation of process facilities.

Fundamentals of Safety

In order to understand how safety cultures develop it is useful to look at how they have developed during the course of the last 150 years, and then to look forward to see what developments might be on the horizon.

Figure 1 highlights some of the major changes and advances that have been made.

Occupational Safety

Safety in the process industries can be into three broad categories: Inherent, Process and Occupational. There is a good deal of overlap between the three categoies; for example putting a bund wall around a tank could be considered to be either a process safety or an inherent safety initiative.

Behavior-Based Safety

A behavior-based safety (BBS) program aims to make permanent changes in the manner in which people work. Safety becomes a way of life that is baked into everyone's behavior. It is important to recognize, however, that a BBS program does not attempt to chance who a person is, and it most certainly is not a pop-psychology program. The program is directed just to a person?s actions.
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