January 2008

Reliability/Safety

Eliminate risky trends in reliability management

Follow these guidelines to improve process safety and reduce maintenance costs

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff; Mitchell, J. S., Meridium, Inc.

Reliability is like safety—everybody is in favor of it, but not everybody practices it. This statement is true, or else we would not hear and read about as many problems and calamitous situations as seem to be occurring. Safety professionals know that solid achievement rests on the need to gain a fundamental and lasting commitment to safety in every activity. We call this a cultural change. However, cultural changes and sustained commitment to implement the activities that make these changes successful do not come easy. They proceed slowly and must be continually emphasized and reinforced to gain the needed level of performance and compliance. They also must be sequenced in the right or

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