A comprehensive assessment of the industrial hydrocarbons production and storage facilities safety management system was conducted to benchmark current practices and systems, identify old and outdated procedures, document the gaps for improvement and provide recommended corrective actions.

Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) applied 13 safety management elements and associated sub-elements vital to assessing the safety management system through the Gap Assessment Methodology. The assessment data and analysis were portrayed in a final report and presentation.

The report identified strengths and opportunities for improvement and assigned a Performance Rating against Oil and Gas industry best practices. Furthermore, it provided short, medium and long-term corrective actions and follow-on controls necessary to design strategic, tactical, and operative actions. These actions ensured adequate managerial, administrative, and operative systems for process safety in order to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of the plans and programs.

This paper presents a case study and outlines the details of the comprehensive assessment of the safety management system mainly covering:

  • Management of Process Safety

  • Safety aspects related to engineering, design, transaction and maintenance of facilities

  • Factors responsible for incidents and accidents

  • The risks associated with potential accidents and how they consequently influence the people, process, installation and environment

  • Plans and programs for the modification of facilities and work environment

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