Ebook: History of Safety and Risk in the Process and Energy Industries
But people leave the organizations for which they work and they take their lessons-learned knowledge with them, so there needs to be some means of capturing that knowledge and conveying it to others, although, as the following two quotations rather cynically note that we do not learn lessons from the past — each generation has to make its own mistakes.
The first reason for studying past events is
that generate insights that help employees and contract workers
prevent similar events from occurring in the future.
Second, an examination of events within the process industries can help generate an understanding of overall trends and provides guidance as to where to focus future safety effort and investment. The same analysis helps professionals identify patterns. Experienced process safety professionals may even use the names of major incidents to summarize the state of a facility. For example, one PHA team leader once described a certain facility to another leader as containing "many little Flixboroughs." Those three words told the second leader that MOC was a problem at the location in question because the Flixborough incident in the year 1974 was caused by a total lack of MOC procedures.
A third reason for studying the history of
safety in the process industries is that it shows people -
particularly those who work in a facility with a good safety record
- that bad events really do happen. Study of these events helps get
around the "But it can't happen here" syndrome.
We provide a
video to do with
major incidents in the process and energy industries.
At our Process Risk and Reliability Management blog site we often discuss the history and background to risk and safety management and analysis. Feel free to join in the discussion.
This ebook comes as part of a package; it includes:
This package is provided at no cost to give
you an idea as to what these videos/ebook publications look like.
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