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ISC produces its first set of guidance works

Major hazard industries are set to benefit from new process safety competencies and lead metric guidelines that represent current thinking and industry best practice. The guidelines are the inaugural works produced by the Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre (ISC).

Guidance publications,
Process Safety Competency - a Model 2015 and Lead Process Safety metrics - selecting, tracking and learning 2015, were written by ISC member companies offering practical and useful workplace guidance to others.

The process safety competency guidance expands on the established work of others. However, existing documents have tended to be generic and stop short of actually defining different levels of competency for different roles within an organisation.

The lead process safety metrics guidance focuses on the operational phase of an organisation. It will help to develop some consistency in lead process safety metrics that will allow for effective benchmarking.

ISC director, Trish Kerin, said these are first edition documents and are the result of 12 months work by a wide range of industry members: "The ISC is pleased to offer this information freely, as we believe it is vital to assist companies in achieving better process safety outcomes."

Kerin adds that these are 'living documents' that are expected to evolve over time and be updated in the future.

"We invite organisations who have an established sound process safety competency system and metrics, to please share your example to help us improve this guidance for everyone."

Further guidance documents are expected to be published in the future once a need is identified by ISC members.

About chemical engineers
Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, maths and economics to the process of turning raw materials into everyday products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world. Oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the products where chemical engineering plays a central role.

IChemE in profile
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is the global professional membership organisation for people with relevant experience or an interest in chemical engineering. With a growing global membership of over 42,000, the Institution is at the heart of the process community, promoting competence and a commitment to best practice, advancing the discipline for the benefit of society, encouraging young people in science and engineering and supporting the professional development of its members. IChemE is the only organisation to award Chartered Chemical Engineer and Professional Process Safety Engineer status.

For further information, view website: www.icheme.org 
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