Has PSI Become a Data Management Nightmare?
This webinar addresses the importance of Process Safety Information (PSI) and PSI management, the potential limitations associated with PSI management within an organization, and real-world solutions for overcoming these limitations to build a robust PSI management program.
PSI is a fundamental element upon which all of a facility’s risk-based and engineering decisions are made. Process failures are often identified as the cause of an incident, but PSI failure can usually be found at the foundation.
PSI resides in multiple systems and applications across many departments within an organization. Elements of PSI have a unique and critical purpose within each department; therefore each department manages and maintains PSI separately.
For this reason, PSI is often managed in a sort of “vacuum” and verified data and information in one system is rarely leveraged to improve others. A number of redundant efforts may be made in parallel by different departments to validate PSI and PSI source documentation, and PSI documentation is often maintained separately from the data in each department’s system.
In an ideal PSI management system, PSI would be stored and maintained in one location, easily accessible to the entire organization, accurate and complete, and linked to reliable documentation. Departmental functions would be performed within this system – all making engineering decisions based on the same set of PSI.
An organization can begin building this type of ideal system by striving for accuracy, consistency, traceability, and integration within its current systems.
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Scott Kindy is a Process Safety Management (PSM) Consultant and Account Director at Provenance Consulting. He has more than eight (8) years of experience in PSM related project execution in the Oil and Gas Industry, and he has managed multiple projects related specifically to Management of Change (MOC).
He has expertise in project execution related to additional elements of PSM including Process Safety Information (PSI) data management, Incident Investigation, Facility Siting, Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), and compliance auditing. He also has experience with the EPA Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule and the associated elements.