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SABIC Innovative Plastics introduces electronic permits to work in its effort to eliminate accidents

As of January 2011, all SABIC facilities in Bergen op Zoom and Raamsdonksveer have introduced the PermitCliq electronic permit to work system from iBanx. Part of an ongoing program to improve safety performance, this move was prompted by a successful pilot project at the LEXAN finishing plant.

As its manager, Jan Jaap van der Bij, explains, “The pilot with PermitCliq was part of a much wider initiative concentrating upon efficiency and safety at work. Together with my people, I have implemented a number of major changes. As a result, after these changes and the introduction of PermitCliq zero incidents occurred during the most recent stops. We didn’t have to use so much as a band aid. What’s more, the length of those stops has been reduced from fourteen days to three – a massive improvement!”

The specific benefits of PermitCliq, part of the HSE power suite Unite, include improved permit quality thanks to a uniform way of working, as well as better readability. Permits are now more complete, and are issued with the correct authorisations. Another key advantage is that their contents can be reused. In other words, previously identified risks and the measures taken in response to them can be included in a new task assignment. As well as enhancing the focus upon safety, this makes issuing permits during stops more efficient and so reduces queues. “All of which improves safety, workability and job satisfaction,” says Van der Bij.

The introduction of the Unite Permit to Work module was linked with a redesign of the accompanying process, in line with the industry standard. What this means in practice is that when a permit holder reports for a job, the relevant permit can be printed without problems. Moreover, PermitCliq provides fast and constantly updated summaries of where works are in progress or planned, and requires less administration than the previous system. Finally, intensive supervision of the changeover plus on-the-job training in the use of Unite have ensured that staff on the work floor are fully familiar with the new process.

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