CCPS Launches Benchmarking Program for Process Safety Management Systems

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), a technology alliance of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, has announced a partnership with Phillip Townsend and Associates (PTAI) to establish a program of formal benchmarking in process safety in the chemical, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. Participating companies will compare their process safety programs and performance in an effort to identify best practices and drive process safety improvement across the board.

Scott Berger, executive director of New York-based CCPS, believes "this new program will identify effective practices and help make companies' process safety management efforts even more effective." The program is open to all companies, whether or not they are CCPS members.

David Bohmbach, president and chief executive officer of Houston-based PTAI, added that "one of the most important lessons we've learned from our experience benchmarking the hydrocarbons industries for the past 17 years is that process safety is key to achieving success as a superior performer. . . . Simply put, plants that lead in process safety also lead in most other key performance measures."

The benchmarking program’s design is being guided by a special panel of safety leaders that CCPS has assembled from the target industries.

"This program, following the development of CCPS’s Guidelines for Process Safety Metrics, advances process safety by providing a means for companies to fully measure their process safety management program relative to industry leaders and their peers," said James Muoio of LyondellBasell, who serves as chair of the CCPS Benchmarking Committee.

The initial effort will focus on benchmarking six of the 20 elements of a process safety management system that CCPS has defined in earlier work. They are: process safety culture; compliance with standards, codes, regulations, and laws; hazard identification and risk analysis; asset integrity and reliability; management of change; and measurement and metrics.

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