A journey to excellence in process safety management Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 Elsevier Ltd The benefits of achieving excellence in process safety are multifold: it reduces the probability of chemical incidents, mitigates the consequences of incidents when they occur, and provides effective emergency response. In addition, excellence in process safety contributes to sustainability, quality, and improved productivity. While most people would agree with these overarching concepts, the more important question is what are the ingredients for excellence in process safety? Even more important is that once an organization accomplishes this level of performance, what actions or programs are needed to maintain that level in perpetuity? This review tracks issues that hinder the achievement of excellence and provides solutions to remove them through the development and implementation of programs aimed at accomplishing and maintaining that excellence. Often incidents are linked to internal organizational issues; but the journey to excellence in process safety starts with external influences as well as commitment from the highest levels of leadership from within the company. Starting from the importance of appropriate regulations, and how they should be developed, this paper discusses what individual organizations can do in terms of setting and enforcing strict operational discipline, ensuring competency of all personnel, and learning and implementing the learnings from past incidents for pushing forward on process safety performance.

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altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Halim, S. Z., & Mannan, M. S.

citation count

  • 12

complete list of authors

  • Halim, S Zohra||Mannan, M Sam

publication date

  • January 2018