Mar 2020


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Protecting the Safety Culture in an Operating Facility

Operational Excellence

Modern energy/petrochemical facilities, by their very nature, are highly complex facilities. They are designed to ensure their many potential hazards are safely mitigated to allow a low-risk operation. Maintaining this low-risk operation demands highly competent and experienced employees operating within a strong culture of operational discipline and EHS excellence. This strong culture, however, can be compromised should the experience level in the facility drop too low. This drop in experience level can occur for a variety of reasons:

  • Employee retirement
  • Employees leaving for other companies
  • Employees leaving for other jobs within the company
  • Rapid company or facility growth
  • Forced headcount reductions
  • Any combination of the above


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