Is the Oil Industry Paying Enough Attention to Process Safety?

Recorded On: 01/25/2017

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With recent highly publicized accidents in the oil industry and the continuing concerns about its public image, process safety remains a subject of great interest in the industry.But are we doing enough? Is the Oil Industry paying too much attention to statistics on lost time injuries and, perhaps, not given enough sustained focus on process safety and thus obscuring the big picture?

This presentation outlines some case histories of major accidents.It discusses the industry efforts to develop performance indicators for process safety and ongoing efforts to promote process safety.

The similarities and differences between occupational safety and process safety are discussed.A key concept in this presentation is to demonstrate that successful management of one does not necessarily assure management of the other.Experience reminds us that the human and financial costs of major accidents in the oil industry far outweigh any saving in investments related to process safety.This is even more critical in the current low oil prices environment where companies are cutting down costs with organizational changes and restructuring.

This webinar is categorized under the Health, Safety, and Environment discipline.

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Hisham Saadawi

SPE Board of Directors Member and SPE Technical Director (Production & Facilities)

Mr. Saadawi has 35 years' experience in the design, construction, start-up, operation and project management of oil and gas processing facilities.

He has extensive experience in process safety. Led and participated in numerous HAZOPs, HAZIDs, SIL studies, project safety reviews, accident investigations, and pre-start up audits. He is a TUV certified Functional Safety Engineer.

Hisham served twice as SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2010 / 2011 and 2015/2016), served as a member of the JPT Editorial Committee (2011-2013) and is an SPE Course Instructor.He also worked as a Course Instructor for IChemE and Next / Schlumberger.

Hisham is a Chartered Engineer in the UK, a Fellow of IChemE, Member of IMechE and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK.

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01/25/2017 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes
01/25/2017 at 1:00 PM (EST)   |  60 minutes Scheduled for 60 minutes.
0.10 CEU credits  |  Certificate available
0.10 CEU credits  |  Certificate available CEU Credit