March 2022

Environment and Safety

Safe work permit auditing: Is your system providing the expected results?

When the challenging position of manager is assumed in a refinery, one of the first orders of business is to “survive” an upcoming process safety management (PSM) compliance audit.

Blundell, B., Contributing Editor

When the challenging position of manager is assumed in a refinery, one of the first orders of business is to “survive” an upcoming process safety management (PSM) compliance audit. The prior audit report has been read and several issues with work permitting have been noted. The team is called together and the following question is posed: Can the leading and lagging metrics for safe work permitting be shown? A moment of silence, and then the answer, “Metrics?” This scenario is perhaps more realistic than supposed. While safe work practices (SWPs) have been a part of PSM regulations for decades, incidents related to the execution of these elements still occur. For example, lockout tagout (LOT

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