Environmental Health & Safety

Technical Panel Will Produce Process Safety Guidance

By Chemical Processing Staff

Jan 11, 2016

The Safety Institute of Australia and the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board, together with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety Centre, will develop a chapter on process safety for the OHS Body of Knowledge for generalist OHS professionals. A technical panel comprising process safety engineers and generalist OHS (occupational health and safety) professionals will produce the chapter. Focusing on process safety competences for generalist OHS professions, the chapter will be developed as part of a larger process safety competency framework.

Pam Pryor, registrar of the Australian OHS Education Accreditation Board and custodian of the OHS Body of Knowledge says, “Some professionals in generalist OHS roles have an engineering background. However, analysis of recent process engineering disasters has shown that all generalists operating in high-risk environments should have this foundation knowledge. The ability to identify issues, contribute a unique perspective and engage with process safety specialists is essential for managing safety in such environments.“

Work on the chapter will begin in February with a workshop for the technical panel. The publication is planned for release in late 2016.

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