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Process Safety Management Summit sets leadership challenge

02 February 2015

Delegates from across the process industries gathered in London on 21 January 2015 for the second Process Safety Management Summit, presented by the UK Process Safety Management Project Board, and organised by Cogent and the National Skills Academy Process Industries.

Keynote speaker HSE Chair Judith Hackitt
Keynote speaker HSE Chair Judith Hackitt

The theme of the event, Influencing Change, was widely embraced by all conference speakers, echoing the sentiment for greater buy-in to Process Safety amongst senior executives and board members of organisations operating in the high hazard industries. 

Allan Laing, Chair of the Process Safety Management Project Board opened proceedings by reflecting back to the first conference in 2012, and marking the significant progress that has been made by operating companies to develop their understanding of process safety, particularly amongst managers and leaders.

The highly interactive Summit gave delegates the opportunity to pose questions to the employer and stakeholder panel, with workshops providing the backdrop for consultation on the Strategy for Skills in Process Safety Management 2015 – 2018. Delegates worked together to identify their personal and industry-wide challenges and priorities which they would like to see reflected in the Skills Strategy.

Further consultation will now be undertaken on the emerging themes including establishing a public register of committed operators, a greater focus on risk management, guidance on how to establish a culture of process safety and tackling the contractor workforce.

Keynote speaker Judith Hackitt CBE FREng, Chair of the Health & Safety Executive, acknowledged the significant progress which has been made to date but challenged the ‘it can’t happen here’ ideology, and threw down the challenge to industry to drive process safety throughout the entire organisation, get senior management buy-in, move at a faster pace and build a positive process safety culture. 

The Strategy for Skills in Process Safety Management 2015 – 2018 will be launched at the end of March 2015. To ensure your copy or to have your say contact Neil Smith,

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