In Star Trek, the ship is protected by a force field called a “shield”. When under attack, the tactical officer will call out the status of the shield’s integrity, e.g. “shields at 70%, Captain.” When shields are down to 10%, you know that a breach is imminent unless they retreat or find a way to defeat their attacker.
In a refinery or chemical plant, there is no one calling out the integrity of our protection systems and procedures every few minutes.
But OSHA has specified three specific process safety elements that are critical to Protect Against the Hazards (one of the Five PSM Mindets™) – Pre-Startup Safety Reviews, Mechanical Integrity, and Hot Work Permits.
Once we’ve identified the hazards, it’s time to do something about it. We’ve seen where danger may strike, so we go to the possible sources. We anticipate what could go wrong and prepare for it.
In a process hazard analysis (PHA), safeguards and layers of protection are identified and counted on. And in our industry, there is a great deal of focus on mechanical integrity and maintaining safety instrumented systems.
In a successful process safety culture, the success or failure of the facility is the responsibility of everyone together – like the crew on Star Trek.
If you are going to help ensure the shields are at maximum strength, here are a few places to start:
The safety of a star ship isn’t just dependent on its shield. It depends upon each crew member doing their part and working as a team.
The safety of a facility isn’t just based on the safeguards put in place, but upon each person inside the gate doing their part.
You are more than helping maintain the “shield” – YOU are an integral part of the shield preventing catastrophe so that we may all “live long and prosper”.
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Provenance is proud to announce that we have another great webinar on the horizon. The AIChE hosted webinar, “The Importance of Understanding Process When Implementing Your Mechanical Integrity Program”, is a free 60-minute webinar focused on incorporating process conditions into your Fixed Equipment Mechanical Integrity (FEMI) program that will allow you to predict, detect and prevent process-related failures. It will help you gain a better understanding of how process conditions can affect the integrity of facility fixed equipment among other interesting insights. Attendees will have the opportunity to examine when, why and how to take process conditions into consideration during the implementation of the FEMI program. This webinar will also give the opportunity to ask questions about process and your own FEMI program.
This free, live webinar will take place on July 27th at 1:00-2:00 PM CT.