Topic: Achieving competency and learning from past events
Every day, engineers are working hard to reduce the huge risks that come with working in hazardous environments and share lessons learned in regard to process safety incidents. Achieving competency begins as an undergraduate, but it is cemented in the workplace. We shouldn’t restrict ourselves to thinking about chemical engineers either. The idea of achieving resilience through multiple, independent layers of protection can be pretty much universally applied and taught to students of all professions. Organisational roles in companies and industries though vary significantly. For this reason, the IChemE Safety Centre published a series of guidelines on the different levels of competency within any organization. It must be part of an organisation’s culture, including the engineering disciplines, plant operators, research scientists and management. The presentation discusses some key aspects about the different roles and required level of competency associated with those roles and a case where lack of competency within procurement led to a near miss.