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The Process Safety Leadership course in action

22 July 2013

NSAPI’s Process Safety Leadership for Senior Executives course provides participants with the tools to develop a detailed understanding of the business case for effective process safety management. It offers a clear insight into how to promote a positive safety culture throughout the organisation through the effective engagement of the workforce.

Croda International Plc is a global leader in the manufacturing of speciality chemicals, with 17 manufacturing sites in 11 countries and headquarters in East Yorkshire. With nine sites having Seveso Directive or equivalent status, more than 150 processes registered and subject to risk assessment and periodic review, Croda has always put process safety at the centre of its operations.

The business already operated under close professional guidance from a Group Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) department, with an established process safety model and regular reviews of process risks, but key staff felt more was needed.

Terry Thistlethwaite, Vice President of Group SHE at Croda takes up the story: “We realised that although we invest heavily in process safety within the business, this was mainly at operational level and up to the Executive Committee, but not at Managing Director level. This was the gap we wanted to close.”

Croda booked a Process Safety Leadership (PSL) course from NSAPI delivered by Process Industries Consulting (PIC), an accredited Academy provider. The course was selected for its leadership level agenda, the comprehensive and practical syllabus and its emphasis on real examples. As Croda selected a ‘closed’ course for its senior staff only, they also had the ability to customise it to their own business environment.

The first event took place in 2011 with 10 delegates, all at Managing Director level. The training was deemed such a success that one of the Croda team became part of the Expert Panel for new training providers keen to become delivery partners for PSL in the future. Further courses were also booked for top-level managers in 2012 and 2013.

Thistlethwaite confirmed Croda’s appreciation of the training. Feedback included the strong relevance of the content, the use of recent industry examples, and the clear definition of the role and accountability of leaders. 

He said: “The key outcomes from attending the PSL course show Managing Directors taking ownership of process safety, making more interventions during site visits and expressing a desire to keep learning. We know that this course delivers as it has been developed with industry, is fully aligned to industry regulations and is delivered by accredited, experienced professional trainers to address a key business need.”

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