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UK demand soars for process safety leadership training

25 August 2011

Fifty top-tier COMAH companies have signalled their intention to upskill their Senior Executives and Board Members in the area of Process Safety Leadership, demonstrating their appetite for a quality assured approach to training delivery in the chemical and petrochemical industries.

The National Skills Academy for Process Industries has worked with Cogent, the sector skills council for the science-based industries and a consortium of trade bodies and senior industrialists to set the standards for the Process Safety Leadership for Senior Executives course.

This high level course will provide participants with a detailed understanding of the business case for effective process safety management. It will offer a clear insight into how to promote a positive safety culture throughout the organisation through the effective engagement of the workforce. The one day course is supplemented with a one to one follow up and review of actions taken and lessons learned by the participating organisations, delivered by the course leader.

In the recent past, there have been several attempts by organisations to develop training in the area of process safety leadership and management. Ian Travers, from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) who sits on the Process Safety Project Board supports the objectives of the project by saying, “The control of major hazard risks requires a structured and systematic approach based on sound process safety management principles. Provision of an effective process safety management system is a key requirement of the COMAH Regulations and its development, implementation and maintenance requires competent staff at all levels within major hazard organisations but especially at senior management level. This training standard and the underpinning training will help equip senior managers with the understanding and skills needed to ensure major hazard risks are being effectively managed within their organisation.”

Designed to support senior executives, the course provides a clear framework for understanding the principles of process safety leadership across an organisation and the methods used to deliver sustainable results.

Courses will be delivered by Academy Accredited Training Providers, who will have undertaken a rigorous quality assurance process and will have had their training delivery and personnel endorsed against the requirements of the nationally agreed training standard for Process Safety Leadership.

Senior executives and managers who are yet to register their organisations interest are encouraged to contact the Skills Academy to arrange their training as this is a UK example which the rest of the world may decide to follow.

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