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Management by targets

This ISC members webinar will explore the issues associated with management by targets and how this has the potential to impact safety outcomes. As Goodhart said “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”. We will explore in some detail the Chernobyl incident and how this was a victim of management by targets. This webinar will be presented by Trish Kerin and aligns with the upcoming free Loss Prevention Bulletin Anniversary Edition.

Achieving world-class process safety performance

John Bresland, former chair of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) joins Trish Kerin, director of the ISC to discuss his key learnings from investigating incidents from his time at the CSB as well as his long career in process safety.

Pike river leadership culture and design

Lead metrics

The IChemE safety center commenced a project in June 2014 to develop a list of agreed lead process safety metrics. In July 2015, this material was published as a guidance document titled guidance lead process safety metrics - selecting, tracking and learning. This webinar hosted by Trish Kerin, director of the ISC, will explore the lead metrics outlined in the document. The document can be downloaded here >>

Process safety culture

On the 23 March 2005 an explosion and fire occurred at the BP Texas City refinery. It resulted in 15 fatalities and 180 people being injured.

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) commenced an investigation of the incident which would last for approximately two years, however approximately five months into the investigation, the CSB issued an urgent recommendation to the "BP Group Executive Board of Directors to convene and independent panel of experts to examine BP’s corporate safety management systems, safety culture, and oversight of the North American refineries." This panel became known as the Baker Panel, as it was led by former Secretary of State James A Baker.

This ISC webinar discusses the incident and safety culture with panelist Dr Paul V Tebo, a member of the Baker Panel.

Normalisation of deviance

This ISC members learning webinar focused on the topic of normalisation of deviance. First identified by Diane Vaughan in her review of the Challenger disaster, The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA, normalisation of deviance has been identified in many subsequent process safety related disasters.

This webinar explores the cultural aspects of normalising deviance through the Columbia case study, and draws links to main stream process safety incidents.

Remembering Bhopal - What have we learnt? An IChemE Safety Centre webinar

The 3 December 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy. The worst industrial incident in history, with thousands of fatalities and hundreds of thousands of people affected. The IChemE Safety Centre produced a special member webinar to mark the event, and remind us all why we need to be ever vigilant in the world of process safety.



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