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The US Chemical Safety Board recently wrote an article about the lack of good process safety indicators being a missed learning opportunity for the off shore oil industry.  To see two press articles about the CSB finding, see:

http://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/Article/3065203/Latest-News/Offshore-drillers-focus-on-wrong-safety-data-says-US-chemical-safety-panel.html

http://www.chron.com/opinion/outlook/article/Better-safety-data-could-help-prevent-oil-3721167.php

Although this is part of the story, I believe there is a much bigger lesson learned that is being missed.

The article I wrote in the last Root Cause Network™ Newsletter holds part of the answer. See the page one article here:

http://rootcause.net/articles/NL110_June2012.pdf

The reason that industrial (occupational) safety data does not indicate process safety success is that there are three separate systems that produce a majority of fatalities at industrial facilities. See the article for the complete description.

But three separate systems is only the start of the difference. The way you ensure process safety is quite different that the way you ensure industrial (occupational) safety or traffic (vehicle) safety.

The difference is so profound that I decided to make it the topic of one of the General Session talks at the 2013 TapRooT® Summit being held on March 20-22 in Gatlinburg, TN. I will be presenting “The Fatality Pyramid – How To Stop Major Accidents” on Thursday, March 21.

If you are interested on preventing fatalities and stopping major accidents, then you should be at this talk. See:

http://www.taproot.com/products-services/summit/

For more information about the 2013 Global TapRooT® Summit.