October 2018

Special Focus: Plant Safety and Environment

High-reliability organizing for a new paradigm in safety

Should the chemical industry be satisfied with its existing safety programs, or is change needed to create a new paradigm?

Hanik, P., Pretium Innovation LLC; Hausmann, R., University of Houston

Should the chemical industry be satisfied with its existing safety programs, or is change needed to create a new paradigm? The chemical industry is one industry leading the development of robust safety programs. Most chemical and refining companies have a stated, total commitment to safety first. However, a percentage of the public has a hard time believing this statement. Why would companies be unwilling to risk the safety of their employees or the public if it meant increasing profits or completing a project faster or at lower cost? The reality is that the chemical industry has a serious and real commitment to safety first. Management personnel throughout the industry are justifiably proud

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