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Monday 30 December 2013

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?

Tuesday 30 July 2013

Studies into incidents in the industry show that most take place during maintenance work or in the implementation of changes. In many cases, the incident takes place within the first hours after the next shift has started. This appears to confirm the hypothesis that good handover of information is essential to support and guarantee safety. How does this work in practice?

Thursday 18 April 2013

In 2012 SABIC implemented a site wide shift handover procedure combined with ShiftCliq software. This movie shows how the project connects to SABIC's safety ambitions and how the people at SABIC experienced the implementation.

Thursday 8 March 2012

Cooperation in the workplace was paid little attention until recently. We can tell by the many different practices between (and even within) plants, for example managing the shift teams, the shift handover, tackling problems or ideas by technologists, production staff, HSE and others. We also see that production uses paper, Word, Excel and Access as the principal means for communication.

Thursday 8 March 2012

Since April 2011 AkzoNobel employees in the methane chloride plant at its site in Frankfurt are working with an electronic shiftbook, ShiftCliq, part of the iBanx HSE software suite Unite. The reason for the change was the desire to work more efficiently, among others by means of a more structured changing of the shift, the possibility to create and retrieve more reports and a link between the shiftbook and SAP. 

Tuesday 17 January 2012

This headline will strike a chord with just about everyone in the industry. And raise questions. How exactly do you reduce production disturbances and its root causes, and increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)? How do you make sure that these are not just ad-hoc solutions, but part of an ongoing process? And how do you make the most effective use of people and systems in that process?

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Incidents still take place in our industry. So there is every reason to put process safety on the agenda and keep it there. It is obvious that the integrity of installations has to be secured, and also that that sometimes requires costly modifications. But there are plenty of other ways to improve process safety. Measures that take effort, but do not rely so much upon major financial investments. At the iBanx Industry Event 2011 we joined up with participants to look at this issue. How is process safety defined? What did past incidents teach us?

Wednesday 28 September 2011

A few years ago, chemicals manufacturer Akzo Nobel Ibbenbüren in Germany (part of Akzo Nobel Industrial Chemicals GmbH) installed the ShiftCliq™ electronic shift log system from iBanx. Site Manager Peter de Jong explains his view of safety in the industry, why the system was chosen and what plans he has for the future of the plant.

Friday 4 March 2011

Safety is a hot item in industry. Everyone will have heard of the slogan: ‘We work safely or we don't work at all’. It sounds fantastic, but what does it actually mean? Is it possible to describe a situation in black-and-white terms? What exactly is working safely, what is the right thing to do and where are the boundaries? In reality, every company sets its own boundaries, because working safely is always defined in a specific context.

Monday 6 September 2010

‘Good communication within the organization is fundamental to achieving optimal operating results,’ says Richard van der Looij, Cargill plant manager at Sas van Gent.

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