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26 top firms for Abu Dhabi process safety forum

Abu Dhabi, August 27, 2014

More than 26 national and international companies will provide a range of design principles and operating practices and discuss financial and reputation risks of high impact incidents at an upcoming process safety summit in Abu Dhabi.

Organised by IQPC, a global company specialised in operating exhibitions, conferences and seminars, the sixth annual Process Safety Implementation Summit will run from September 28 to October 1 at Rosewood hotel. It will include a three-day conference and one-day workshop.

“The number of serious incidents that have taken place during the past 13 months are clear evidence that we cannot be complacent about the importance of asset integrity and process safety, or, for that matter, about the business benefits that we reap when we get it right,” said Colin Dyer, PSM advisor and former asset integrity process safety manager at Shell Oman.

“This event is one of the premiere opportunities for the industry to learn about quality process safety tactics and to network with people who know your industry and have overcome the same challenges that you face.”

Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi, senior vice president of Operations (Habshan Complex) at Gasco will deliver the first keynote of the conference on the role of process safety in key business objectives.

“For any business that wants to maintain positive cash flow and increase the profitability of their operations, process safety is a help, not a hindrance. By putting procedures in place that minimize human error and strengthen mechanical integrity, companies will see great gains in both finance and reputation down the line,” Al Mughairbi said.

In research conducted by IQPC, nearly 25 per cent of respondents polled reported that process safety management is not practiced at all within their organizations. The respondents, who hold positions in Process Engineering, Operations, Production, Technical, Loss Prevention, HSE and Maintenance, cited employee attitude, performance measurement, compliance, legacy issues and expensive equipment as major barriers.

Where process safety is implemented, it is treated as a step on a checklist, said Andrew Dingee, former contractor of the Red Team Safety at BP. “Because of that, it doesn’t have the weight to effect the direction of the project/organization. We need to shift the mindset of organizations, so that they look at PSM as a vital system, and not as a routine action of an individual. PSM has the potential to revolutionize the industry in lowering risk to the individual and the corporation.”

The conference will focus on overcoming process safety implementation challenges. Among methods and best practices offered, executive director at the Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD) HirakDutta recommends increased reliability and buy-in to overcome challenges to PSM.

“Safety is an integral part of Operations and Maintenance. Unless operation and maintenance reliability is improved, excellence in safety cannot be achieved. I would also emphasize some of the warning signals that we ignore during operations and maintenance which leads to unsafe situation,” he said. – TradeArabia News Service

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