Failure to Learn
What can we do to improve process safety performance? We must create a culture of learning from incidents.  We have to make sure that our incident investigations teams are selected with the appropriate diversity of discipline and depth of experience. best-in-class safety operations strive to be continuous learning organizations.  The core learning function, of course, is worker training.  Training should be fully resourced, carefully designed, and continuously updated and refreshed.  In high hazard industries, training devices may provide the only exposure workers get to certain hazardous conditions or potential emergencies; accordingly, such training should be especially rigorous and thorough.

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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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