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Process Safety Performance Indicators

Hans J. Pasman
Transactions of the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Safety Engineering Series
2012, Volume 7, Issue 2, Pages 27-35
Doi: 10.2478/v10281-012-0007-8
For over 50 years to measure safety performance the Lost Time Incident Rate, LTIR was used. Fortunately, over the years the learning attitude towards accidents changed from a retrospective to a pro-active one. In the 90-s the safety management system was introduced. No management though, without the Deming cycle of Plan, Do, Check, Act, and checking, means the need of indicators. Existing LTIR-values were used not realizing these reflect personal rather than process safety. In 2005 after the BP Texas City refinery vapor cloud explosion, awareness of the difference broke through and Process Safety Leading and Lagging Metrics were formulated. In January 2012 an international conference was held in Brussels organized by EPSC and CEFIC. Results will be summarized. The paper will explain briefly, where we are now, and what still is ahead.
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