Webinars

Management by targets

This webinar explores the issues associated with management by targets and how this has the potential to impact safety outcomes. As Goodhart said “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”. We explore in some detail the Chernobyl incident and how this was a victim of management by targets. The webinar is presented by Trish Kerin and aligns with the upcoming free Loss Prevention Bulletin Anniversary Edition.

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Achieving world-class process safety performance

John Bresland, former chair of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) joins Trish Kerin to discuss his key learnings from investigating incidents from his time at the CSB as well as his long career in process safety.

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Pike river leadership, culture and design

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Lead metrics

The IChemE Safety Centre commenced a project in June 2014 to develop a list of agreed lead process safety metrics.  In July 2015, this material was published as a guidance document Guidance Lead Process Safety Metrics - selecting, tracking and learning. This webinar hosted by Trish Kerin, explores the lead metrics outlined in the document.

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Process safety culture

On the 23 March 2005, an explosion and fire occurred at the BP Texas City refinery. It resulted in 15 fatalities and 180 people being injured.

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) commenced an investigation of the incident which would last for approximately two years, however approximately five months into the investigation, the CSB issued an urgent recommendation to the "BP Group Executive Board of Directors to convene and independent panel of experts to examine BP’s corporate safety management systems, safety culture, and oversight of the North American refineries." This panel became known as the Baker Panel, as it was led by former Secretary of State James A Baker.

This webinar discusses the incident and safety culture with panelist Dr Paul V Tebo, a member of the Baker Panel.

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Normalisation of deviance

This webinar focuses on the topic of normalisation of deviance.  First identified by Diane Vaughan in her review of the Challenger disaster, The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA, normalisation of deviance has been identified in many subsequent process safety related disasters.

The webinar explores the cultural aspects of normalising deviance through the Columbia case study, and draws links to main stream process safety incidents.

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Remembering Bhopal - what have we learnt?

The 3 December 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy. The worst industrial incident in history, with thousands of fatalities and hundreds of thousands of people affected. The IChemE Safety Centre produced a special member webinar to mark the event, and remind us all why we need to be ever vigilant in the world of process safety.

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Incident investigation and how to avoid common pitfalls

This webinar focuses on incident investigation and how to avoid common pitfalls. Presented by David Ramsey, Managing Director of Kelvin TOPSET, where he shares his vast experience in investigations.

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How to learn more from accidents

This webinar focuses on How to learn more from accidents.  Presented by Nancy Leveson, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT where she describes a systems approach to accident prevention.   The topics covered include why are we not learning enough from accidents today, do operators really cause most accidents, and how we can increase learning. Examples from the process industry are used to describe a new, more effective approach to analysing the cause of accidents.  The new approach is starting to be adopted widely for aviation accidents and incidents.

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What Longford taught me about process safety

Mike Connell, Principal Safety Analyst with the Major Hazards Program of WorkSafe Victoria talks about how the incident at Longford and its aftermath shaped his growing understanding of the importance of process safety.

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Control room competency

Presented by John Bresland, former chair of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).  John will explore the importance of having qualified and trained process technicians working in oil refineries and chemical plants and will look at how process technicians are trained around the world.

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Learning from Creeping Changes

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes, deputy to the Director ISC, this webinar focuses on learning from incidents relating to creeping changes via two case studies from two different sectors. It also suggests process safety lead metrics associated with these events to help monitor the changes applying the ISC process safety lead metrics guidance document.

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