Refining Safety TheorySource: Health & Safety Middle East
Traditional safety is sometimes called “hard hat safety.” Safety is all about looking professional, and, well, a hard hat says it all. While it’s obviously very fashionable, it’s also functional; there’s not much that’s going to get through that.
On the other hand, “process safety” is what we call safety when it’s applied to the special issues inherent in the large process industries. That means sectors such as chemical manufacturing, oil exploration, and refining. It’s aimed at robustly managing them in order to avoid a major incident.
In principle, process safety isn’t really saying anything different from traditional safety; it’s more a question of emphasis. That means paying more attention to some things that, in lower-risk workplaces, would probably make little impact. In a high-risk environment, however, neglect of several seemingly insignificant things can lead to disaster.