2011 - Gas (LPG)

Due to the quantities of Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG) stored at the client's sites, and hence potential for major accidents, they were required by Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) regulations to develop a safety report. Whilst they had carried out some human factors assessments the assessor from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was not satisfied that they had addressed all the relevant issues in sufficient detail. Andy was asked by the client to carry out a gap analysis of what had been done vs. latest standards and guidance. He found that they had made a very good initial attempt, and had been effective at identifying critical tasks and some of the errors that could occur. However, their decision to base their analyses on existing procedures meant that some of the realities of the job had been overlooked. Also, their approach to identifying potential human errors was not particularly systematic. The result of these weaknesses was that opportunities to improve human factors had been missed and so it was not possible for the client to demonstrate that they were managing the risks effectively. Andy advised where the client's methods and approached required improvement.