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UKPIA launches process safety initiative

04 October 2013

UKPIA represents nine oil refining and marketing companies that operate seven major oil refineries in the UK and source close to 90% of the transport fuels used. The UK refineries processed 73 million tonnes of crude oil and produced 75.4 million tonnes of refined products in 2010 (Source: DECC- DUKES data). UKPIA members also own around 1,900 of the 8,700 filling stations in the UK.

Following the Buncefield incident in 2005, the Major Incident Investigation Board (MIIB) set a challenge to industry in two key areas:

* Operating with high integrity organisations, and

* Delivering high performance through culture and leadership

To address these challenges, UKPIA signed a ‘Commitment to Process Safety’ in 2008, which, through seven key objectives, cemented the industry’s high commitment to the health and safety of its workforce and the public. The Commitment aims to recognise that a robust process safety performance is key to protecting people and the environment and that a spirit of cooperation amongst members, through UKPIA’s Council, is pivotal in the pursuit of process safety excellence. 

The Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG), responsible for addressing the recommendations from the MIIB Buncefield report, also published the ‘Principles of Process Safety Leadership’ in 2009. These principles (which align closely with those of UKPIA’s Commitment) recognise that industry leaders have a critical role to play in process safety management and improvement.

UKPIA has a number of initiatives in place in order to achieve the objectives set out in its Commitment Statement and that of the Process Safety Leadership Group. Together, these form our Assuring Safety initiative.

Assuring Safety comprises of three key principles: Working Together, Encouraging Excellence, and Sharing and Learning. Each of these principles is delivered through a network of initiatives, committees and fora.

These forming elements are highly integrated and, together, they play an important role in collecting, analysing and sharing process safety information which, in turn, is brought together to identify and drive improvement through the development of guidance, tools and training standards.

UKPIA’s initiative not only cements the industry’s commitment to enhance process safety but delineates the importance of effective means in place to improve performance throughout the industry by working together, sharing and learning and encouraging excellence.

For more information about Assuring Safety please visit:

More information on UKPIA’s Commitment to Process Safety can be found here:

More information on the PSLG The Principles of Process Safety can be found here:

Using available resources to identify potential areas of concern and develop strategies to address these.

Advancing dialogue on process safety practices by communicating with other relevant industry sectors. As appropriate, sharing lessons from relevant high level incidents and near misses.

Analysing industry’s performance and targeting specific areas of process safety by commissioning the development of tools and technical guidance.

As part of our commitment to process safety, UKPIA has developed an effective process for sharing of, and learning lessons from, relevant high potential process safety incidents.

Understanding that many lessons learned from other high hazard sectors may be relevant to refining and terminal operations, the Process Safety Forum* utilises the process developed by UKPIA, and publishes Process Safety Alerts that may be relevant to its represented industry sectors.

* 001 PSF Safety Alert - Valve Seals

* 002 PSF Safety Alert - Tank Overpressure

* 003 PSF Safety Alert - HF Alky Water Mitigation System

* 004 PSF Safety Alert - Mercury in Crude

* 005 PSF Safety Alert - Storage and Handling of Self-Reactive Energetic Substances

* 006 PSF Safety Alert - Floating Roof Tank Rainwater Drain Integrity

* 007 PSF Safety Alert - Electricity meter maintenance

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