March 2021

Environment and Safety

Implement effective operational discipline programs to improve process safety performance—Part 2

Operational discipline (OD) describes human behavior in complying with required systems, every time, to consistently achieve organizational goals and overall operational excellence.1,2

Klein, J. A., ABSG Consulting Inc

Operational discipline (OD) describes human behavior in complying with required systems, every time, to consistently achieve organizational goals and overall operational excellence.1,2 While a focus on OD is not a panacea, OD is a fundamental part of effective programs for achieving excellent performance in process safety; environmental, health and safety programs; quality; reliability; and productivity.2,3,4 Well-designed management systems are only the first step; the disciplined efforts of involved personnel in effectively implementing and following system requirements continuously are also needed. Failing to follow a system requirement—even just once—due to a human performance issue, in

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