Topic: Role of Leadership in Major Accident Hazard Prevention

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By: Susan Mackenzie
Head of Energy Division, Health & Safety Executive

Global HSE Conference | Sept 26 - 27 | New Delhi, India

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Topic: Role of Leadership in Major Accident Hazard Prevention

  1. 1. Topic: Role of Leadership in Major Accident Hazard Prevention By: Susan Mackenzie Head of Energy Division Health & Safety Executive
  2. 2. Role of Leadership in Major Accident Hazard Prevention Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries
  3. 3. Results of Macondo • Very sceptical public and politicians • Drive for transparency and openness • Higher profile of environmental issues • Drive for business risk management – Reputation – Liabilities • Tighter legislative, safety and environmental controls (globally)
  4. 4. 6th July 1988 the Occidental Petroleum Piper Alpha platform exploded resulting in the deaths of 167 men Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries
  5. 5. Bombay High – July 2005 – 22 died Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries
  6. 6. Texax City – March 2005 – 15 died Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries
  7. 7. Principles of Process Safety Leadership Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries • Leadership is vital to the effective management of process safety • Leadership must come from the top – the Board. • Directors have to be visible in their support of good process safety • Effective major hazards control requires constant engagement • Directors have to regularly measure and evaluate the performance of the organisation • Being open about performance data is essential. We must habitually share lessons across all major hazards sectors as well as in individual businesses.
  8. 8. Constant Unease Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries • Never assume the problem is fixed • Ask the hard questions and welcome difficult answers • Ask what could go wrong, don’t assume it won’t go wrong just because it hasn’t yet • Seek assurance, not reassurance
  9. 9. Things to Cultivate Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries • A chronic sense of unease • Curiosity about bad news as well as good • Responsiveness– a willingness to intervene as soon as indications of failure can be detected • A willingness to seek underlying causes
  10. 10. HSE Offshore Key Programme KP1: Hydrocarbon Release Reduction Campaign Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries • HSE initiative to reduce the number of “major” and “significant” HCRs by 50% • Considerable HSE engagement with the offshore industry leaders • By 2013 releases were down by 48% • Industry leaders decided in April 2013 that they wanted to commit to reduce HCRs by a further 50% over the next 5 years
  11. 11. HSE Offshore Key Programme KP2: Deck and Drilling Operations Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries • HSE initiative to reduce unacceptable accident statistics from deck and drilling operations • KP2 identified that failures in the management of lifting ops were found to have significant impact on fatalities and injuries
  12. 12. HSE Offshore Key Programme KP3: Asset Integrity Management Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries • KP3 objective: to ensure duty holders maintain safety-critical elements (SCEs) • SCEs not adequately maintained • Poor plant condition • Leadership set asset maintenance priorities too low
  13. 13. HSE Offshore Key Programme KP4: Ageing & Life Extension Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries Ageing Life Extension (ALE) performance • HSE has seen evidence that industry leaders now recognise the importance of ALE • They have reviewed their Asset Integrity Management systems • They are developing long-term plans and putting in place resources to extend the life of their assets. • Importantly, there is evidence this is having an international impact.
  14. 14. Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries Health and Safety Executive George Allison, 57 Sarah Darnley, 45 Gary McCrossan, 59 Duncan Munro, 46
  15. 15. Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries Essential Characteristics of a Leadership Group Step Change Leadership Team • Involves the key dutyholders • Engages senior managers able to deliver action • Includes the influential stakeholders • The workforce are present and respected
  16. 16. Plenary Session 2: Emerging Challenges in Process Industries Questions?

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