Process Safety Competence Matters
News Oct 08, 2015
The Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre (ISC) director, Trish Kerin, wins Engineers Australia - John A Brodie Medal - for her paper featuring a new process safety competency. The medal recognizes Kerin’s excellent work and leadership in developing a robust blueprint for a global process safety action plan.
The John A Brodie Medal is awarded by the Chemical College Board of Engineers Australia. It was presented at the recent annual Awards for Excellence in Chemical Engineering at the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress (incorporating Chemeca 2015).
Presenting the Award was EA Chemical College Board chair, Dr Leon Prentice, who said Kerin’s paper provides a clear framework to create a culture of safety awareness and competency.
“It makes it clear that all levels of an organization are involved and shows a real-world link on how chemical engineering provides value in achieving organizational objectives and performance.”
“The very real pathway for implementation involves a collaborative approach with everyone in the organization, from the technical support, to the chair of the board."
Kerin’s paper featured ISC’s guidance works, The Process Safety Competency – a Model 2015, launched only a couple of months ago. The document builds and expands on current thinking in the field. Existing documents tend to be generic in nature, stopping short of defining different levels of competency for different roles within an organization.
Kerin said that the she was honoured to receive the award, as it is great recognition of the work done by the ISC and its member companies over the past 12 months.
“It also confirms the standing of the ISC as a leading global process safety centre.”
The ISC also launched Lead Process Safety Metrics - Selecting, Tracking and Learning 2015. This document focuses on the operational phase of an organization. It will help to develop consistency in lead process safety metrics and facilitate effective benchmarking.
The publications offer practical guidance and support for anyone involved with improving process safety performance. Both documents benefit operating companies in the major hazard industries and reflects current industry thinking and best practice.