AOMG embarks on Process Safety Management

Category: News Published: Friday, 03 July 2015

5th AOMG Process Safety Workshop

1 – 2 June 2015 , DoubleTree by Hilton Sukhumvit Bangkok, Thailand


The AOMG has recently conducted a survey on process safety management amongst member companies. The findings have been reviewed and the recommendations is to formally embed Process Safety Management in member companies over a few years through formal training as well as sharing of best practices in PSM. Member companies are at various stages of implementation of PSM.  A key outcome of the survey is the recognition by top management as well as frontline personnel that the management of contractors is a difficult area. The AOMG technical committee recommended that management of contractors be a regular agenda item for the annual process safety workshops.

The workshop was attended by 15 participants from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The training was conducted by Ir. V Gopinadhan of GSP Consultant together with Ir.Qua Kiat Seng AOMG advisor.

The PSM training focused on 2 main elements – Contractor Management & Mechanical Integrity with a brief introduction to Process Hazard Analysis. The structure was a presentation on the key requirements of the elements & best practices following which discussions in breakout groups were held. Videos of incidents and photos of unsafe actions / conditions were shown followed by discussions. Participants were also shown where to obtain additional information eg CSB and UK HSE.

As expected most of the time in the afternoon of day 1 and first half of the morning on day 2 was focused on Contractor Management. There was active participation by all the participants sharing examples of situations that they had come across with regards to managing contractors, contractor incidents and mechanical integrity issues. By the end of the workshop some of the participants had shared some real life serious incidents allowing others to learn and avoiding the same mistakes. To quote “There are no new accidents, only new people.”

Ir Gopinadhan recommended that the next workshop focus more on Mechanical Integrity and Process Hazard Analysis since these are the 2 main elements that need to be managed effectively to ensure integrity of the process and production requirements. This view is shared by participants. Participants also requested for Management of Change (MOC), Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR),

Pre-construction Safety Report (PSSR), auditing, emergency planning & response and accident investigation. Participants valued highly the sharing of best practices and hope that the number of participants will be increased further in the next workshop so that the degree of sharing is enhanced.

There was a request to hold the 2016 workshop in Manila.


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