Top 5 Safetips of 2018

December 19, 2018

Every Wednesday we share a safety tip or best practice on Enablon Insights. So far we shared more than 150 Safetips from Enablon, industry associations, professional organizations and thought leaders.

In this post, we highlight the top five Safetips of 2018. The list is based on the number of views, feedback from readers, reactions on social media, or because a Safetip deserves a second look. Click on the image or title to get to the Safetip.

Correlate Observations with Incident Rates

The number of reported observations of unsafe or at-risk behaviors or conditions can be a leading indicator because observations may reveal unknown hazards and risks.

Leading indicators are more important than lagging ones, but be careful not to dismiss lagging indicators. They help to measure outcomes to see if activities measured by leading indicators are effective. The comparison of the number of observations and incident rates is a good example of the correlation between leading and lagging indicators.

Action Plans from Mobile Inspections

The identification of a new hazard during an inspection must trigger a corrective and preventive action plan to make sure that the hazard is eliminated or that risks are mitigated.

Leading mobile apps like Enablon Go Inspection offer capabilities to create and assign action plans during inspections, assign tasks on the go, synchronize with a common platform, and work offline. Creating and launching action plans directly through an EHS mobile app during inspections ensures that hazards are promptly addressed.

Written Operating Procedures for Unit Startups

Process unit startups and shutdowns are much more hazardous than normal oil refinery or chemical facility operations. A startup is a planned series of steps to take a process from an idle state to normal operation. A shutdown is the reverse sequence.

A majority of process safety incidents occur during a plant startup, even though it represents only a small portion of the operating life of a plant. As part of process safety management, organizations should implement written operating procedures for startup following an emergency shutdown.

Evaluate the Effectiveness of Your Leading Indicators

Leading indicators give early signs of potential problems. But many organizations don’t know which leading indicators to select. There is no “standard” set of leading indicators and it’s difficult to know where to start.

Since there is no perfect answer to the question “What leading indicators should I select?”, it’s good to start with a few and add more later. More importantly, assess your leading indicators to see if they’re the right ones for you. Something should not be measured just for the sake of measuring it.

Train Workers on the Hierarchy of Controls

A training program includes educating workers about hazard identification and controls. Workers must learn how to recognize hazards and understand control measures. As part of this training, educate workers on methods for controlling hazards, especially NIOSH’s hierarchy of controls.

Training workers on the hierarchy of controls is not just about giving them greater knowledge. It’s also about making sure that workers have the right reactions when a new hazard is identified, in order to be sure that the most effective controls are considered.

The next Safetip will be published on Wednesday January 9, 2019. Happy Holidays!

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Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

Content Thought Leader