Perhaps the most known saying in the industry when it comes to safety is : 'If you can manage safety, you can manage anything'. Du Pont already said it a long time ago and it still rings true. It mostly indicates how difficult it is to create good safety performance. Read the books about it and everywhere it shows that crucial conditions for operational excellence are qualitative processes and discipline with people at the workplace.
The Enecogen power station is a partnership between Dutch Eneco and Danish DONG Energy. The gas-fired power station is part of both companies’ ambition of providing clean and reliable energy. Since the beginning of November 2011 the plant has been in commercial operation. People with different
The registration, analysis and follow-up of incidents delivers a great amount of material to learn from and keep them from happening again, but it is, as we know, not a guarantee of preventing serious incidents. Analysing the most frequently occurring LTIs (tripping, slipping, missteps, burns, etc.) reduces the amount of LTIs in many companies but does not produce the practices that contribute to the prevention of serious incidents.
Ask a plant manager, SHE-manager, production manager, maintenance manager or supervisor the question: "What do you do all day?" and you get, even within the same roles, apparently very different answers. "Putting out metaphorical fires, maintaining an overview, go from one meeting to the next, talk to unions, assure shifts work in the same manner, sign work permits, reduce costs, answer emails..." There is a theme; they're all keeping the place going!
In order to ensure that plants can continue production safely in all circumstances, they have an extensive set of HSE procedures and forms. These often involve high costs, many of which could be significantly reduced.
On the basis of a 2009 investigation, the Dutch Association for the Chemical Industry has concluded that levels of personal safety in the chemical industry have improved considerably down the years, with fewer and fewer Loss Time Incidents occurring at most factories. Indeed, the LTIs that do take place often concern less serious incidents involving people stumbling, slipping or missing their footing. Can we conclude from this that everything is fine as regards safety, and that we can rest on our laurels?
Professional management of MoC processes will help a company to continuously improve and to proactively deal with its risks. This is why AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals set about to redefine the way it deals with MoC – over its different sites and plants in Europe.
This famous quote by Dupont seems to imply that better safety performance is not the only advantage from managing safety well. The underlying thought is that safety management means that you should be able to influence the manner in which people think about safety. When you can influence the way people think, then you should be able to apply it in other fields as well. This will lead to better management and is the key to improved relationships at work, higher productivity and more innovation.
Your colleagues won't say it easily. Because they know how important it is, but many would like to ignore the MoC procedure: it takes up too much time, effort and discussion. But how can you make MoC go more smoothly so that everyone can and wants to follow the procedure? And how can you save dozens of percentage points on lead time and costs?