June 5, 2018
Making Everyone a Barrier Guardian
Speaker: Steve Arendt, VP-Global Oil, Gas & Chemicals, ABS Group
Process safety layers of protection, often referred to as barriers, are typically comprised of plant hardware, procedures, and people. In a typical plant, depending upon the job role, people may be directly involved with the performance of several barriers, and indirectly involved with many more. This presentation will describe an approach for making people better Barrier Guardians - that is, having the risk situational awareness and using competency and tools to help ensure that process safety barriers are ready to work if called upon by an authentic demand.
This presentation will describe the results of evaluations from several refineries to describe the barriers applicable to four different plant job roles, the job activities within each job role that affect barrier dependability, and effectiveness metrics that each person can monitor to help ensure barrier readiness. The results of these studies will provide a Barrier Watchfulness activity scorecard that people within each job role can use for their plant area to be better Barrier Guardians.