Read how the Process Safety training standard is encouraging a safety culture, and how you can shape that culture and increase your business performance
In 2010, writes Neil Smith, Cogent Skills and the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) identified the need from customers and members for an integrated programme of process safety management (PSM) training. They shared a vision to create a framework of PSM training standards tailored to each level in the organisation, sponsored by the key trade bodies, and supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
After further consultation, the Process Safety Management Competence Programme Board was established including Cogent Skills, CIA, HSE, UKPIA, Unite the Union, IChemE, with representation from senior industrialists across the sector with experience, expertise and interests in PSM.
The purpose of these Training Standards is to provide a clear knowledge and understanding of the principles of process safety management across an organisation, and help organisations to develop and maintain a strong process safety culture.
The commitment shown by the founder members of the PSM Competence Programme Board to continue to drive forward this agenda is outstanding. The Board continue to meet monthly with the aim of constantly building awareness and engaging new businesses and industry sectors; stakeholders support the independent quality assurance process for all course providers; and Board members have shared their vision through speaking at numerous industry events including three Process Safety Management Summits, in 2012, 2015 and 2018.
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