"As I think you are aware, the process you introduced us to in Project Hurricane was later used as the conceptual model for what developed in early 2004 as a company-wide transformation of our upstream business."
Daniel J. Sullenbarger
VP Corporate Responsibility
E.Vironment Assembles World-Class Process
Following the Baker Report that addressed the BP Texas City incident, virtually every company with a need for process safety management has been concerned with liability and exposure associated with process safety (PS). To address this concern, E.Vironment has assembled a world-class team of PS professionals whose combined global expertise in the oil and chemical industries is unparalleled. We are proud to make their unique capability available to our clients to assist with:
- Developing systems to ensure improvements in PS management
- Leading PS or mechanical integrity (MI) audits
- Conducting pre-startup safety reviews
- Conducting expert third-party assessments of PS programs to assure that all the elements are in place, such as PHA's, Incident Investigations and PS Information
- Leading in-house PS audits prior to anticipated OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) audits
- Providing assurance of proper governance to Directors
The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) recently updated its model for managing PS and published it's ideas in Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety. The purpose of the new guidelines is to help organizations design and implement more effective PS management systems. According to the CCPS, the approach is the "next generation process safety management framework." CCPS has included six new elements that are not found in the OSHA PSM standard:
- Process Safety Culture
- Process Safety Competency
- Stakeholder Outreach
- Conduct of Operations (Operations Discipline)
- Measurement and Metrics
- Management Review and Continuous Improvement
E.Vironment has developed a methodology for conducting a critical review of these additional aspects associated with effective PS and risk management programs (RMP's).
Our team has worked extensively in both the downstream and upstream sectors of the energy industry as well as in chemical operations worldwide. Team members include former plant managers, maintenance and reliability managers, process safety managers and experts, and corporate auditing program managers. Through our work with many different companies and industries, our consultants are exposed to many different cultures and how they address similar issues.
Our staff has provided testimony to an OSHA panel during rulemaking on PSM Regulation; worked with CCPS, Mary Kay O'Connor, API and similar bodies; and chaired sessions on PS at numerous professional meetings, such as AIChE.