Tag Archives: process safety

What’s your safety resolution for 2016?

Happy new year! We hope you stayed safe in 2015, and had a happy, healthy year.

As we head into 2016, this is a great time to think about the habits and practices that help protect you and those around you every day; and to make some resolutions for the new year. After all, if you pay special attention to even one small change, it could make the difference between life and death.

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Safety survivors (part 4): reflections on a near-death experience

This is the fourth post in our Safety survivors series, in which we hear the stories of people who’ve lived through serious, work related incidents. Their stories of bravery and pain are a sharp reminder of the consequences of a breakdown in safety.

In 1995, Richard Allen was a pipelayer’s helper, working for the City of Victoria. On the morning of October 16, he headed into work as usual; with no suspicion that by lunchtime his life would be changed forever. Continue reading

New initiative to help you avoid major incidents

Previously on this blog you’ve heard us talk about the importance of process safety. As a member of Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry you undoubtedly understand that major incidents such as fires, explosions or spills are at the forefront of industry social licence concerns. Continue reading

How to operationalize safety culture (and why it matters)

In this post we discuss how some organizations go beyond safety awareness and training, to create a safety culture that permeates every aspect of their operations.

One of the keys to establishing such a culture is to create built-in systems that promote safety at every stage of every process. Continue reading

Personal vs. process safety (part 2): safety within a complex process

In part one of this blog series, we talked with Cameron MacGillivray, Enform’s president and CEO, about personal safety. Cameron explained that personal safety involves the safety of individual workers. Process safety is about reducing the probability of potential catastrophic outcomes such as a well blowout or pipeline failure.

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Personal vs. process safety (part 1): why safety starts with the individual

In this two-part series we’re going to look at the difference – and the connection – between personal safety and process safety. We’ll start by finding out what is meant by personal safety.

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Safety matters (part 4): when small mistakes have huge consequences

This is part four in our Safety matters series, where we’ll be discussing a number of key safety issues in Canada’s oil and gas industry.

What causes major incidents such as oil spills or explosions? According to Andrew Hopkins, emeritus professor of sociology at Australian National University in Canberra, many major incidents happen not because of big mistakes, but because warning signs were dismissed. Continue reading