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Can You Hear Me Yet? Communication and Process Safety

I send the email with a link to a document and the cursory note, “Please review and get back to me.” Then I wait. Meanwhile, in my own inbox, I’ve got a dozen requests for action, reviews, and responses. There are many ways to communicate, but this is certainly one of the most common in the business realm. Regardless of the method, we’ve all had the experience of trying to communicate to others met with varying degrees of success. The desire to communicate is fundamental to being human. The ability to clearly communicate is fundamental to good Process Safety Management.

At Provenance, we’ve distilled OSHA’s 14 PSM Elements into the Five PSM Mindsets™: Identify the Hazards, Communicate the Hazards, Protect against the Hazards, Re-Evaluate the Hazards, and Transparency about the hazards. While all of the mindsets are important, communicating may be one of the more challenging since it moves beyond the realm of technical details and into that of human nature.

The word “communicate” comes from the Latin word that means “to share.” Businessdictionary.com defines it as a “two-way process” that is more than just exchanging information, leading to “creating and sharing meaning.” An exchange of information might involve me informing you of an issue (e.g. the diesel header is too small) and you informing me of an idea (e.g. we need bigger piping). Deeper communication may happen when we come together and discuss the obstacles (pipe sizes, salt filters, pump limitations) and the opportunities (abandoned larger pipes and vessels, filter technology improvements) and create a solution.

In our world of technology, it is easy to use the written word and pictures to send issues and ideas back and forth to each other. In some ways we have become accustomed to communicating as if in a tennis match: your turn, my turn, your turn, my turn. I’ve sent you information. Now I sit back and wait for you to do something with it. It’s not my problem until I hear back from you. This is especially true with the information and technology access overloaded world we live in and is often a necessity. But if I think back to almost any project I’ve ever been involved with, the biggest and best “aha” moments of creativity happened when I was in the room with the person or at least on the phone, collaborating, bouncing ideas off each other and making something better than one person could alone. We experience more effective communication when it is approached like a volleyball match – someone serve-receives it to the setter who sets it up for the final spike from the outside hitter – each building on the other until a master play is achieved.

Bringing it back to Process Safety in a facility, we do our most effective communicating when we discuss the hazards, sharing concerns, obstacles, and opportunities, often in person. When each employee brings their perspectives and experiences to the table, the group can create something new that will keep the employees and the community safer than before.

In our upcoming July 25th AIChE webinar, “Your organization is talking, is anybody listening? How to communicate hazards and talk like a team,” we’ll go into more detail on the practicalities of communicating with various groups, setting up channels for consistent and effective discussions, and building meaning as a team from the copious flood of data and information being shared each day.

By Sarah McDuffee, Training & Development Coordinator

Want to Learn More?

Live AIChE Academy Webinar

Your Organization Is Talking, Is Anybody Listening?

How to Communicate Hazards and Talk Like a Team

 July 25th, 2018

 2:00-3:00 pm EST

 Cost: FREE

Presenter

Scott Kindy

Scott Kindy is a Senior Process Safety Management (PSM) Consultant and Account Director at Provenance Consulting. He has ten (10) years of experience in PSM related project execution in the petrochemical industry. His expertise includes executing and managing projects related to various elements of PSM including Management of Change (MOC), Mechanical Integrity (MI), Process Safety Information (PSI), Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), and compliance audits.

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Mercer clarifies PHMSA and PSM boundaries with 2018 AIChE Whitepaper

Jurisdictional Boundaries in Midstream

Where is the Line?

Account Director Lauren Mercer presented her whitepaper “Jurisdictional Boundaries in Midstream: Where is the Line?” at the 2018 AIChE Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Mercer has a skill for taking complex and nuanced topics and making them manageable and consumable for the audience. The AIChE committee chose to record her presentation, and it will be made available in the archived AIChE meeting database, available to AIChE members and conference attendees.

Author: Lauren Mercer
Account Director

Paper Abstract

Where is the Line?

This paper discusses the gray area between OSHA and DOT jurisdiction, including coverage of terminal operations, railcars/trucks, and underground storage applicability. The nuances of PSM applicability, including interconnectivity and colocation, hydrocarbon used as a fuel, atmospheric tanks, and safety systems will be presented.

Furthermore, this paper will provide a history of jurisdictional boundary and PSM applicability cases/interpretations and will present examples of determining PSM jurisdiction and applicability. The intent is to pull all aspects of each regulations together in a single location to be used as a reference when evaluating the jurisdictional boundaries at a midstream facility.

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2018 #AIChESpring Meeting & Global Congress on Process Safety

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at the #AIChESpring Meeting & #GCPS

We are thrilled to be again participating in AIChE’s 14th Global Congress on Process Safety in Orlando, Florida April 23-25th, 2018. The event features a three-day program of technical papers and workshops on topics such as: Management Systems, Big Data Analytics, Industry 4.0, changes to Industry standards, HAZOP best practices, Improving Safety Culture, and Technology.Read more

AIChE’s 2015 Spring Meeting and 11th Global Congress on Process Safety

Provenance Consulting is excited to share our involvement next week at AIChE’s Global Congress on Process Safety in Austin, TX. Provenance will be giving four presentations at the conference and will also be at booth #420 in the exhibit area – so please stop by and see us! Below is a brief summary of each presentation.

We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

Monday, 27 April

Can I Use My Cooling Water Header As a Relief Device?

Rahul Raman, 11:30am

The ASME BPVC is a well-recognized code of construction and allows pipe that discharges to the atmosphere as an acceptable pressure relief device. However, there are safety considerations and industry guidance that restrict the use of using a cooling water side of heat exchanger specifically as a relief device. This presentation interprets the landscape of existing regulatory framework to show the industry regarding the ways to use it as a relief device and the underlying assumptions for such use.

Overfilling Protection for Weak Tanks

Rahul Raman, 2:30pm

Weak tanks have relief valves that are typically sized for vapor/gas service. These tanks are subject to overflowing and collapse due to the pressure force. Minimal amounts of liquid is enough to over-pressurize the tank. Currently there is no industry guidance to size a relief device for such low pressure tanks. Furthermore, there is a lack of data from the manufacturers. Provenance has tag-teamed with PROTEGO® to establish a methodology and vetted it with experimental data. Using conventional available tools for engineers, we have developed a methodology to accurately predict the capacity within a +/- 10% error tolerance.

 Tuesday, 28 April

Developing Credible Scenarios for a PHA

Nestor Paraliticci, 2:30pm

OSHA’s Compliance Guidelines and Recommendations for the PSM Standard states “A PHA is an organized and systematic effort to identify and analyze the significance of potential hazards associated with the processing or handling of highly hazardous chemicals.” It goes on to say “A PHA is directed toward analyzing potential causes and consequences of fires, explosions, releases of toxic or flammable chemicals and major spills of hazardous chemicals.” OSHA does not give any additional guidance; they just refer you to 18 additional “Sources of Further Information”. So rather than spending your free time reading these books, I would like to present a process on how to develop scenarios (causes and consequences), tips on creating credible and realistic scenarios and the pitfalls to avoid during the process, commonly encountered during a PHA .

Wednesday, 29 April

Guidance for Sizing Relief Devices That Are Installed below Liquid Level in an External Fire

Rahul Raman, 8:30am

A fire impinging on a pressure vessel results in boiling up of the liquid and generates vapor that needs to be relieved though a pressure relief valve. Due to geometry or maintenance reasons a relief valve can be installed below the liquid level. In this scenario the vapor pushes hot saturated liquid and has a potential to flash as it flows across the relief system piping. This paper gives the guidance to size relief valve that are installed in such service.