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Quality vs. Safety
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Quality vs. Safety

Publication:
Quality Progress
Date:
September 2013
Issue:
Volume 46 Issue 9
Pages:
pp. 23-27
Author(s):
Ghaleiw, Mustafa
Organization(s):
Shell, Doha, Qatar

Abstract

This article shows the relationship and interdependency between quality management and safety management, citing examples and tools used in oil and gas asset design projects. Assets include plants; factories; oil and gas refineries; onshore, offshore, and subsea platforms; production lines and pipelines; and all associated equipment. The petroleum, petrochemical, and natural gas industries are risky by nature and can cause damage to the environment, human health, and safety. The assets exist in systems and subsystems that harness powerful energy that must be adequately contained. System failures can kill people, pollute the environment, and hurt the operator's reputation and finances. Quality and safety in design projects should be delivered at the highest level to build safe, reliable, operable, and maintainable assets. The article discusses a systematic process for safety critical elements (SCE) identification; bow tie models for understanding accident prevention barriers and recovery measure consequences; and risk management using ALARP (as low as reasonably practicable) analysis.

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