Enforcement and Operational Discipline
What can we do to improve process safety performance? Under this topic, there are various issues that must be addressed.  First and foremost are regulations.  Regulations must be science-based and take into account all the data available as well as practical factors.  However, once a regulation is developed, clear and systematic methods must be developed for comprehensive enforcement.  In addition, best-in-class organizations should maintain “operational discipline” at all times.  Comparable to the high reliability organization ideas of “a culture of reliability” and “sensitivity to operations,” maintaining operational discipline means consistently following well-designed operational procedures without shortcuts, embellishments, or unapproved deviations.  Maintaining such rigor requires extensive training on day-to-day operations. 


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Dr. M. Sam Mannan, PE, CSP, DHC
Regents Professor and Director
Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center

Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering
Texas A&M University System

Dr. M. Sam Mannan, Regents Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University and Director of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center at the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station joined the Chemical Engineering Department in 1997. More...

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