Past 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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Leadership and safety in uncertain situations

Presented by Trish Kerin. This webinar discusses the importance of leadership and what actions you can take to help your teams perform at their best during these unprecedented times. Please note while the trigger for this discussion is COVID-19, this topic was not discussed as Trish is not an expert in this area. For reliable information on this topic please see your government advisory websites.

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Business continuity and safe shutdown

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses what actions you can take to safely operate your plant during these unprecedented times. She will highlight practical details about safe shut down and requirements of minimum staffing level. Please note while the trigger for this discussion is COVID-19, this topic was not discussed as Zsuzsanna is not an expert in this area. For reliable information on this topic please see your government advisory websites.

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Process safety application and culture for other industries

Presented by Trish Kerin. Trish discusses the elements of process safety that failed on the Dreamworld Thunder River Rapids Ride incident from 2016 and how the learnings can be applied to your industry.

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Safety Lore No 1: start up accidents

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on start up accidents. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Safety Lore No 2: storage tank maintenance

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on storage tank maintenance. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Safety Lore No 3: flare systems

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on flare systems. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Safety Lore No 4: ageing assets

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on ageing assets. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Safety Lore No 5: creeping changes

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna describes one case study where creeping changes appeared to be the contributing factor and highlights the key points. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Safety Lore No 6: flanges

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on flanges. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Safety Lore No 7: road transportation accidents

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on road accidents associated with transportation of hazardous materials. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Safety Lore No 8: shift handover

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on road accidents associated with shift handover. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Safety Lore No 9: permit to work

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on road accidents associated with permit to work systems. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Human Factors and culture in process safety - through cave diving

Trish Kerin talks about cave diving and how it is planned and organised.  She uses it as an example of the application of human factors and organisation culture, drawing parallels back to process industries and application in facilities.

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Safety Lore 10: alarm management

Presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes. Zsuzsanna discusses two case studies that occurred in the past, stressing the key learnings on alarm management. It also provides useful tips and recommendations as how to avoid future recurrence of such accidents.

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Applying process safety during concept select

The IChemE Safety Centre commence a project in 2019 to develop guidance on the application of process safety and inherently safer design principles to the concept selection stage of an engineering project.  This material was published as a guidance document in May 2020.  Trish Kerin explores the concept select phase outlined in the document.

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Why training is not enough when it comes to competency

Trish Kerin discusses how competency is obtained, from initial training to practice and experience.  She will take you through the structure of the ISC Competency Guidance Supplementary guide on how to build and develop process safety competence.

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Lead Process Safety Metrics - pressure relief devices

Steve Fogarty and Zsuzsanna Gyenes talk about lead process safety metrics.  The topic addresses the ISC Guidance document on lead process safety metrics and its supplementary document on PRD’s.  The webinar provided practical examples as how to apply these metrics in industrial operation.

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Remote and virtual risk assessment - impacts of COVID-19

Trish Kerin discusses the current best practices for managing risk assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The human side of process safety

Trish Kerin explores human factors through the lens of a series of high profile process safety incidents. She explores how human factors influenced the outcomes. It is not possible to engineer the human out, therefore we must strive to achieve better ways to influence human performance positively.

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Understanding the difference between occupational health and safety and process safety

Occupational Health and Safety and Process Safety are similar in many aspects but there are certain features that are applied only one or the other and are not interchangeable. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to understand what is the difference between the two areas.  Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes gives some useful information as to what do we mean by area and guide the students through case studies which will help them to implement the learnings.

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Natural hazards triggering technological disasters - Natech

Trish Kerin explores the issues with preparing for Natech events. The webinar corresponds with the week that Houston was struck by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. She explores what occurred at that time, as well as learnings since then.

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Process concepts

Trish Kerin discusses the ISC framework for process safety and how it applies for various process safety concepts. For this discussion she is looking at how process safety concepts apply in different industries, and how you can apply them in your organisation.

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Process safety leadership and how to have some fun

Trish Kerin shares her insights on process safety leadership, using fun storytelling to achieve great process safety outcomes.

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Lessons from regulators

Trish Kerin discusses key lessons with two former regulators.   Dame Judith Hackitt was the Chair of the UK Health and Safety Executive and is also involved in advising Governments in UK and in Australia on reform of Building Safety Regulation. Jane Cutler was the CEO of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority in Australia.  Prior to their regulatory roles, both worked in industry, so they will share their experiences and invaluable advice for industry.

Dame Judith Hackitt is currently the Chair of Make UK and of Enginuity and an IChemE Past President. Jane Cutler is currently on the board of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the current Deputy President of IChemE.

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Safety Lore 11:

Dr Zsuzsanna Gyenes talks about incidents related to ammonium nitrate fertilisers and offers key recommendations as to how to avoid such incidents to occur in the future, via two case studies.

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