June 7, 2023
8:45AM - 9:45AM
The Human Side of Process Safety
Nelson Rodriguez-Garcia, Plant Manager, Kuraray
As we continue our journey in manufacturing goods and overcome big challenges related to the environment and economics, new terms are starting to emerge like “productive safety”. For decades, we have used the concepts of “protective safety” not only to keep petrochemical plants intact and in good condition, but with the primary focus of ensuring our workforce returns home every day the same way they came. Despite the concept of “protective safety”, we have not put enough emphasis on the human side of safety. This can be confused with the pain and suffering caused by the incidents that, despite the industry’s technological advancement, continue to impact our people. This presentation focuses on the job that Companies and Leaders must do to create the right work environment to promote “employee happiness” and empowerment to exercise discretionary effort. This effort that is obviously “dis- cretionary” can lead to self-discovery in the organization and, as a result, improve investigations that will eventually make our plants safer. As a leader, you must set the tone for the Team. It is your job to provide a “safe place” where people can be open and share their ideas and opinions. This presentation is ideal for Site/Corporate PSM leaders, Managers and PSM Element Champions.