Ensuring Prudent Operation in Refineries
- Jean-Luc Karnik (IFP Training)
- Document ID
- World Petroleum Congress
- 21st World Petroleum Congress, 15-19 June, Moscow, Russia
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- Document Type
- Conference Paper
- 2014. World Petroleum Council
- Simulator, Training, Safety, , Efficiency
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Safety Must Be a Constant Value, Not a Priority That Can Be Compromised
The oil and chemical industry is a technically demanding business—and an inherently risky one. Certainly, like a number of other industries, it has had its share of dramatic accidents. But all accidents result from safety failures, be it in process safety, personnel safety or procedure and safety management. In many cases, there is a pyramid of near misses that could have been equally disastrous.
Safety, and more generally, operational integrity, is vital because it intersects with corporate responsibility.
Accidents claim lives and change the lives of workers and their families in an instant. They also impact corporate reputations. Public perception of an entire profession falls and there is a risk of alienating the public. Accidents redefine the meaning of “license to operate”.
Clearly, safety ought to be a driving force and a constant value for the industry.
Sustainable Business Results From Flawless Operations
Shareholders have come to realize that operational excellence is indispensable for corporate productivity and public acceptance.
Keeping operations well under control is fundamental.
To achieve sustainable business results and success, we must have flawless operations that meet these criteria: reliable, safe, secure and environmentally responsible, throughout the start-up, normal operations and shutdown phases.
While technical skills form the bedrock of safety, the human factor and systems management are key. These can be decisive when accidents occur.
Most of the managers attending this conference have flown in from various parts of the world. May we ask them to think back to when they were making their travel plans to attend the conference: Did you base your choice of airline on the competency of the pilots? Did you ponder over the issue of the pilots' training? These questions did not pop up at any moment of your or my decision-making because we all assume that there is a high degree of competency among pilots in any given company.
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