IS SAFETY STILL TOP OF THE CHARTS? Keep learning – and improving – with Kinetics:


Kinetics has been at the center of some of the world’s most impressive chemical process systems; plants where immense volumes of finished products and parts dwarf the competition. Yet a focus on safety remains, as evidenced by recent awards from MCAA, California Pipefitters, North Carolina, and AstraZeneca.

Find Part 1 of Safety Tops the Charts here, and then keep going with five more insights drawn from installations – and collaborations – around the globe.

SAFETY FACTOR 6: A THIRD-PARTY REVIEW or audit can come from someone inside the larger organization without a specific agenda attached to the operation,  or an outside safety consultant can be retained to pinpoint areas of exposure to people, facilities, and systems.

SAFETY FACTOR 7: A “DO-OVER” APPROACH to safety planning starts as if the facility hadn’t been built yet. Look for “lessons learned” that you’d include in a new plant. Then overlay them on the current operation to find creative solutions that optimize downtime and losses.

SAFETY FACTOR 8: IMPOSSIBLE SCENARIOS include multiple warnings or failures happening concurrently. This forces the team to look at putting monitors, shut-offs, and safety equipment in strategic (or even, multiple) locations to cut response times back to where they need to be.

SAFETY FACTOR 9: INDUSTRY INTELLIGENCE provides updates to what constitutes the state of safety practices. Encourage key vendors to step forward and show their latest – including quantified improvement potential – as one useful way to research the most up-to-date methods.

SAFETY FACTOR 10: PLANT-FLOOR CONVERSATIONS can start with an inquiry such as “How do your coworkers view our safety situation?” or “Where do you think the Company has safety exposure in the current process flow?” These more third-person questions free up team members to speak more openly.

In combination with the previous five Chart Toppers, these take on the safety challenge from unique and helpful perspectives. Do you have you own insights on improving Chemical Process System safety? Email to connect with the global Kinetics team.