Eminent global process safety experts attending the Two day International Process Safety Conference (INPSC) which concluded here today have stressed on the need of establishing high safety culture and standards for ensuring incident free operations and processes especially in the oil and gas, refinery and petrochemical, and process technology companies in India and worldwide.

“Occupational injuries and fatalities businesses a vast sum in not just workers’ compensation but also by causing severe hits to productivity via lost work days, human resources time spent on incident investigation, decreased leadership efficacy and other operational and organizational costs. Creating high safety standards and creating a safety culture leads to a more sustainable business” said Mr Shakeel Kadri, executive director of the Centre for Chemical Process Safety, US based world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, in his keynote address at the International Process Safety Conference (INPSC)

“For safe working of people the management of process organisations should create safety management structure and culture, monitor operations and processes, conduct regular safety performance reviews, make necessary improvements promptly and continue training and other awareness-building activities so that employees understand their responsibilities in maintaining a safe workplace.” Said Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council

“India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies, making great progress in all areas, including health and safety. Yet, there is still much to be done. The British Safety Council has recently launched ‘India Safety Leadership Group, Which aims to bring about a culture change with regard to workplace health, safety and wellbeing. Although legislation is very important in helping to bring about this change, factors such as leadership are essential for introducing and embedding it.” Robinson said.

“Process Safety came to centre stage after Bhopal tragedy. About 73 per cent of failures are attributed to technical and engineering reasons. The attitude of top management in oil and gas and petro chemical sector needs immediate change towards safety through use of sustainable products at design stage to ensure safe operation with lowest life cycle cost. The amendment in GFR 2017 by Finance Ministry also mandates Life Cycle Cost as priority and not L1 culture that prevails now.” Said Mr Yatinder Pal Singh Suri, Chairman, The Process Plant and Machinery Association of India (PPMAI) which represents the Capital goods and Process Equipment manufacturing and exporting  industry in the country  speaking on the occasion.

“Corrosion is also one of major cause of various process incidents, the   losses in India are 4.2% of GDP as per latest Corrosion Impact Study 2019 for India. The corresponding numbers for Japan , USA and World Average are 1%, 2% and 3.2%.Corrosion Mitigation through right material selection will lead to higher process Safety, higher productivity, zero maintenance leading to zero fatalities. “ said Mr Suri

The Two day conference was supported by PPMAI, Oil Majors like IOCL, ONGC, GAIL and EIL with participation of more than 200 Safety Leaders from Government, Regulatory Agencies, Oil Producers, Refinery & Petrochemical Companies, EPC Contractors and Process Technology Suppliers attended the meet.

The International Process Safety Conference (INPSC) is India’s flagship multidisciplinary process industry event promoting innovative technologies and winning strategies in tackling the challenges of the global process safety industry. A global forum for governments, regulators, industry, academia and allied organizations to discuss, deliberate, share & learn the best of practices, technologies & experiences on tackling “Safety” the most important aspect of the process industry.