January 1999

Management Guidelines/Safety

How effective is your plant safety and loss control system?

Comprehensive policy defines what management and employees are to do and how to do it

Weiss, W. H., Consultant

All hydrocarbon processing plants should be concerned first with employee safety and second with the waste of plant assets. While safety procedures are practiced to prevent injuries and accidents, loss control is any activity performed to reduce or prevent avoidable waste. Loss control, however, also includes control of health and occupational illnesses, property damage, fire and explosions. Both safety and loss control are critical parts of every manager's job. Equipment failures and environmental spills can be described with facts and figures, but obviously there is no simple way to explain an employee's accident that resulted in permanent disability or death. A monetary loss is a

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