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Process Knowledge Management- Risk Based Process Safety: Pillar 6

Pillar 6 (Risk Based Process Safety) – Process Knowledge Management

The knowledge element primarily focuses on information that can easily be recorded in documents, such as:

  • Written technical documents and specifications;
  • Engineering drawings and calculations;
  • Specifications for design, fabrication, and installation of process equipment; and
  • Other written documents such as material safety data sheets (MSDSs).

The term process knowledge is used to refer to this collection of information.

The knowledge element involves work activities associated with compiling, cataloguing, and making available a specific set of data that is normally recorded in paper or electronic format.  However, knowledge implies understanding, not simply compiling data. 

In that respect, the competency element complements the knowledge element in that it helps ensure that users can properly interpret and understand the information that is collected as part of this element.

Related Vlogs

 Check out the Vlog on “Introduction to RBPS” and also an accompanying Quiz (Advanced Level).

CCPS Risk Based Process Safety Introduction_RBPS
Risk Based Process Safety Quiz_Advanced Level

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The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)  describes Process Safety Management (PSM) as:

“The application of management principles and systems to the identification, understanding and control of process hazards in order to prevent process related injuries and accidents”.

Extracted from my 3 Day  Process Safety Management (PSM) Training Course (which includes workshops, role playing and examples). .

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