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In the spring edition of the Chemical Industry Journal, Richard Roff, Chair of the Process Safety Management Competence Programme Board and Neil Smith, Head of Workforce Development at Cogent Skills talk about the importance of making good practice common practice

We last spoke to Richard, chair of the board last summer, and it has been a busy few months. The board will soon be hosting their third Process Safety Management summit in Manchester, held in partnership with the Process Safety Forum and the COMAH Strategic Forum. Entitled “Making good practice, common practice” the summit will bring together practitioners and executives from industry, stakeholder and regulatory bodies to illuminate best practice guidance and highlight the support available to industry from the various forums.

In his day job as Group Process Safety Manager at Costain Group PLC, Richard advises on the strategic implementation of process safety management techniques across all of their businesses – making him well placed to chair the board. The PSM Competence Programme Board is composed of senior industry representatives and stakeholders from trade associations such as the Chemical Industry Association, trade unions including Unite, professional bodies and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

“We try to attract as wide a range of voices on the board as possible,” says Richard, “we want the board to be representative of industry so that the resulting training programmes are looked after by a group interested in their use.”

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