The Refinery’s Implementation Of Process Safety Management (PSM) Systems

The refinery has adopted the implementation of PSM methodology as a safety management tool to improve its safety performance.

PSM organizes safety-related activities in a systematic and consistent manner to promote continuous improvement. Whilst TOR already has most of the components of PSM system in place, there is no unifying management system that knits them together and maximizes their values.

PSM builds on what is already in place and seeks to integrate safety issues into ongoing business operations as opposed to elaborate external structures. The goals of PSM are process oriented, not procedure driven, and reflect the total Quality Management principle of continuous improvement.

The ultimate goal of PSM is improved safety performance. In addition, over and above the mandatory compliance with OSHA standards, there are potentially significant business benefits to implementing PSM, including improved efficiency, cost savings, and competitive advantages. These can be achieved through the following;

  • Reduced downtime
  • Consolidating safety related activities
  • Improving operation information
  • Facilitating process design improvements
  • Minimizing exposure to liability
  • Improving customer satisfaction

PSM is a cost effective means of improving safety performance while

  • Improving efficiency
  • Realizing cost savings; and
  • Achieving competitive advantages.

Management endorsement of such a lofty safety methodology is laudable. However, a little investment is critical to the success of the implementation of PSM, an investment that can be easily recouped through positive returns.