Process safety indicators : a review of literatureProcess safety indicators : a review of literature
Faculty of Applied Economics
2016Oxford :Elsevier sci ltd, 2016
Engineering sciences. Technology
Journal of loss prevention in the process industries. - Stoneham
40(2016), p. 162-173
University of Antwerp
Indicators for process safety can provide insight into safety levels of a process or of a company, but it is clear that the 'silver bullet' has not yet been identified. In secondary literature a difference is made between leading and lagging safety indicators. Primary literature questions this distinction, as well as the quantification of safety indicators. Safety Indicators for management and organisation have an ambiguous relationship with latent errors and conditions, being mentioned over and over in retrospective safety analyses of major accidents. Indicators for occupational safety do not necessarily have a relationship with process safety. In addition, it can be expected that regulators of major hazard companies will ask to identify and implement both lagging and leading indicators, and anchor these indicators in a safety management system. Therefore, the subject safety indicators will remain in the spotlight, at least in the time to come.