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Safe Work Practices – Risk Based Process Safety: Pillar 9

Pillar 9 (Risk Based Process Safety) – Safe Work Practices

Safe work practices help control hazards and manage risk associated with non-routine work (i.e., Non-routine work are jobs and tasks that are performed irregularly or being performed for the first time or are not fully described in an operating procedure. 

Since these tasks and jobs are not performed regularly, it can be difficult to understand all of the hazards associated with the job).

E.g., Breaking a connection to remove and calibrate a pressure transmitter would be considered a nonroutine work activity and included in the scope of the safe work practices (safe work) element. 

Safe work procedures typically control hot work, stored energy (lockout/tagout), opening process vessels or lines, confined space entry, and similar operations.

Some facilities also include procedures or practices that protect against standard industrial hazards, such as falling, in the scope of this element.

Safe work practices are often required by regulation, regardless of the magnitude of chemical or other hazards present at a facility.

Safe work procedures may be applied to construction work, and should be if the work might affect other operations at a facility.

Safe work procedures can also help protect equipment from damage resulting from maintenance, construction, or other non-routine activities (e.g., excavation near underground lines, lifting over process equipment).

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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