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The Journal for Employee Protection
The Journal for Employee Protection
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Sphera, the largest global provider of Integrated Risk Management (IRM) software and information services, has released the latest results of its annual Process Safety Management/Operational Risk Management survey. Part Two of the 2019 report exposes the need for IRM technology to support planning so companies can implement best practices and significantly increase safety while reducing operational risk in the hazardous industries.
Part One, released in August, identified executive-level priority for their organisation, but the survey reveals they admit to not doing enough to proactively manage Process Safety consistently. Respondents revealed that 84% of industry leaders surveyed said they believe that safety is part of corporate value structures and supported by senior management. Part Two confirms digitisation has become the new norm, but despite good intentions, improvements in industry regulation and investment in technology, these risks can only be addressed if systems are integrated, which produces a holistic view of a company’s risk profile.
“73% say companies are not actively managing risk or driving PSM”
In line with last year’s
responses, only 40% agree that organizations proactively manage process safety,
while 73% say companies are not actively managing risk or driving PSM through
the planning process. Perhaps most surprisingly, respondents revealed that, on
average, only 66% of monthly safety-critical maintenance is achieved and only
one-quarter (23%) believe that full plan attainment is possible.
“If companies routinely only
complete two-thirds of their planned safety-critical tasks, companies leave
themselves exposed to risk,” says Simon Jones, Sphera’s director of the Digital
Solutions Group for Operational Risk. “Planning and scheduling rarely takes
into account the full risk picture for asset health and associated maintenance
activities. To increase attainment and deliver safe outcomes, companies need to
get smarter in the way they manage and maintain the critical barriers and
safeguards on their assets.”
Respondents reinforced a
need for technology and called for organizations to employ IRM systems to support planning. Today, only 10% of
companies have deployed integrated digital solutions, while 75% say they are
operating with siloed data.
Scott Lehmann, Sphera’s vice
president of product management for Operational Risk Management explains that,
“Siloed systems are the bane of a true digital transformation program. It’s not
just a technical challenge—though don’t underestimate that—it’s an
organizational one. Companies want integrated systems that can reflect,
predict, and share a true picture of the ‘operational reality’. To achieve
this, forward-thinking firms are moving toward integrated platform-based
systems to analyze data across operations to capture cumulative risk, whilst
presenting it in a manner that is practical and tangible for people to do something
with it – i.e. actionable insight.”
Lehmann added: “In many
ways, that’s the holy grail: knowing the cumulative risk across an organization
is what unlocks truly effective planning, prioritization, and risk management.”
Once companies achieve
greater risk visibility through data, industry leaders are hopeful ORM and PSM
risks will be considered in the planning and prioritization process and will no
longer be addressed in isolation. This will help form an integrated strategy
that will finally help bridge the gaps.
The 2019 Sphera OR/PSM
Survey was conducted online between April 3 and June 6, 2019. A record 230
people took part in this year’s survey, of whom 31% said they have worked in
Process Safety, asset integrity and Operational Risk for more than 15 years.
Nearly half (45%) said they work in the Oil & Gas industry, 18% in the
petrochemicals industry and 9% in manufacturing. More than a third of the
respondents (38%) said they work at companies with more than 10,000 employees,
and about half (45%) said their company operates more than 25 plants.
Additionally, a third of respondents (30%) said they hail from North America
while 23% said the Middle East, 18% Asia and 11% Europe.
Sphera is the largest global provider of Integrated Risk Management software and information services with a focus on Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), Operational Risk and Product Stewardship. For more than 30 years, Sphera has advanced Operational Excellence by serving more than 3,000 customers and over 1 million individual users across 70-plus countries to create a safer, more sustainable and productive world.
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