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Implementing a Process-Safety Program

Between 2006 and 2009, Petronas Carigali embarked on a process-safety program driven by concerns over an increasing trend of process-related incidents. The program focused on defining explicit process-safety expectations and then putting in place the required processes to intensify implementation and mandatory compliance. Some 3–4 years into the program, tangible improvement can be felt across the organization.

Introduction

Petronas Carigali has an established Health, Safety, and Environment Management System (HSEMS), developed and implemented in line with the company’s Group Mandatory Control Framework and its associated Group Technical Standard.

The HSE Management System Manual broadly defines the company’s expectations for the effective management of matters relating to health, safety, and the environment. Associated procedures and guidelines define the processes by which compliance to the HSEMS is achieved.

Process-safety expectations were generally included with those of occupational safety. In retrospect, this approach was far from ideal in that the organizational safety focus would frequently tend to be on occupational safety, with major-hazard management left primarily to the initial facilities engineering design.

This article, written by JPT Technology Editor Chris Carpenter, contains highlights of paper SPE 157022, “Implementing a Process-Safety Program,” by Saiee B. Julaihi, Saifuddin Shah B. Sowkkatali, and Rabiatul Adwieah Bt Shukor, Petronas Carigali, prepared for the 2012 SPE/APPEA International Conference on Health, Safety, and Environment in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, Perth, Australia, 11–13 September. The paper has not been peer reviewed.
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Implementing a Process-Safety Program

01 December 2013

Volume: 65 | Issue: 12

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