Safety planning for the extreme

Monday, June 14, 2010 @ 06:06 PM gHale

While it may seem like an oxymoron, abnormal situations occur more often than not. That is why safety and security professionals need a clear and concise plan of attack.
Operations managers, operators, process engineers, training personnel, and safety and reliability engineers that develop safe operating procedures or procedure management practices and policies within their organization will be able get more information for a solid procedure after the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Consortium released the third in its series of best-practice publications.
“Effective Procedural Practices” details best practices designed to produce usable procedures and ensure that process operators can use procedures effectively in both normal and abnormal situations.
Written and developed by the ASM Consortium, which consists of a group of companies and academics, the publication is a compilation of field-proven end-user philosophies, processes and best practices identified by subject matter experts. The research details how well-designed procedures can help plant operators reduce the incidence of abnormal situations through improved awareness and consistency of execution. The document provides guidance for developing a culture around procedure management that includes procedure development practices, management of change, operator training, and metrics for continuous improvement.
These guidelines help manufacturers comply with requirements such as OSHA’s Process Safety Management Regulations pertaining to operating procedures.
For more information about purchasing “Effective Procedural Practices” and future ASM Consortium research publications and for general information about the ASM Consortium, go to

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