Safety and its link to human factors is a multi-discussed issue for shipping, an industry, which has seen, several times, a simple omission leading to disastrous consequences. But how can safety management be properly implemented to minimize such adverse occurrences?
new book, entitled ‘Conduct of Operations and Operational Discipline: For Improving Process Safety in Industry’, details management practices that enable proper execution of process safety programs for organizations to boost safety and prevent major accidents. Process safety management system, first introduced by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), refers to a set of interrelated approaches to managing hazards associated with the process industries.
Written by the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), an alliance of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) focusing on process safety management and technology, the book provides a well-written set of recommendations for all companies using management systems, to help them ensure strong PSM performance and overall operational excellence.
Among others, the book seeks to help organizations to design and implement conduct of operations (COO), -which refers to their ongoing management systems- and operational discipline (OD) systems, which cover the deliberate and structured execution of the COO and other organizational management systems by personnel throughout the organization.
In addition to familiarizing themselves with the definitions of conduct of operations and operational discipline, readers will also become aware of the benefits of implementing a COO and OD system, meet the importance of management leadership in successful implementation of the system and determine if an improved COO and OD program is required within the organization.
As such, the ‘Conduct of Operations and Operational Discipline’ is an ideal read for business leaders, specifically of risky industries, who wish to ensure high levels of Operational Discipline, by continuously improving COO and OD performance at an organizational level. Overall, the book serves as a reminder that PSM systems are, above all, dependent on workers at all levels in the organization doing their job tasks correctly at any time.
Did you know?
In shipping, a “Safety Management System” is the core requirement for the ISM Code implementation. It forms a fundamental and mandatory part of the organization’s risk management strategy, with the aim to ensure that safety is secured, humans are protected from injury and harm, and the environment and property are not damaged.