Process Safety Operations - National Safety Council

Process Safety Operations

3% of Non-roadway Fatalities*

This field involves formulating systems and procedures to prevent or mitigate the release of chemicals or other hazardous substances. Fires and explosions as well as exposures to dangerous materials, such as gases, are among the most significant hazards that process safety operators face.**

The information in each section below is listed in the order of relevance to the hazardous situation.


Situational risks – inherent to the situation or proximate cause of injury
  • Exposure to hazardous liquid/gas
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Oxygen deprivation
Systemic risks – contribute to injury but are not direct causes
  • Lack of training
  • Permit to work failures
  • Fatigue
  • Inadequate containments
  • Valve or container failures
  • Faulty electrical equipment
  • Engineering failures
Relevant Technology Solutions
  • Asset management software
  • Supplied air respirators
  • Chemical/drum scanning applications 
  • Automatic doorway spill barriers

* Safety Technology 2020: Mapping Technology Solutions for Reducing Serious Injuries and Fatalities in the Workplace

**International Association of Oil & Gas Producers: Process Safety

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