November 2013

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Address competency gaps in console operations

Among the professional, trade and administrative personnel required to operate a refinery or petrochemical facility—managers, engineers, electricians, pipefitters, machinists, accountants, admini..

Dzyacky, G., RSI Simcon

Among the professional, trade and administrative personnel required to operate a refinery or petrochemical facility—managers, engineers, electricians, pipefitters, machinists, accountants, administrative assistants, etc.—console operators are the only staff who are trained and brought all the way to “qualification” by their coworkers. In addition, they occupy the most safety-critical position in the plant. This article focuses on the culture of console operator training in the US refining and petrochemical industries (RPI), the consequences of these established training practices, and the methods by which the industry can raise the level of professionalism and competency

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