The Importance of Process Safety Data
Excellence in process safety performance requires an integrated approach to addressing programs, culture, and competency. One important aspect of competency is having a wealth of the right information available, and accessible, to support and underpin the overarching safety management system. This includes both asset information (P&ID’s, vessel register, instrumentation, piping and physical equipment inventory, safety systems (including safety instrumented functions), etc) and process information (batch manufacturing records, quality /IPC procedures, raw material information, material safety data, process safety data, etc). Whilst the requirements for asset information and most process information is reasonably prescriptive – and hence can be reliably audited and assured - the specification of required process safety data is far from prescriptive. This often leads to ineffective or inefficient systems and can completely undermine otherwise excellent process safety management systems.