Process Safety Initiative
Process safety focuses on preventing catastrophic outcomes through systematic identification and management of risks in worksites engaged in potentially hazardous processes.
Process safety is a proactive form of risk assessment combined with engineering that focuses on preventing catastrophic fires, explosions, accidental chemical releases, and structural collapses, especially in facilities that use, process, and handle hazardous materials. Process safety involves the prevention of leaks, spills, equipment malfunctions, corrosion, component failures, and upset conditions that present serious risks to the health and safety of workers and potentially the public.
The goals of the 2018–2020 Process Safety Initiative are to:
- Ensure that employers engaged in complex work processes address the potential for catastrophic events through identifying hazards and managing critical controls
- Promote a greater worker awareness and participation in process safety management
- Focus on workplaces engaged in complex work processes, such as those in chemical processing, oil and gas, pellet mills, pulp mills and other wood processing, and biomass energy production
- Establish a dedicated WorkSafeBC Process Safety Team
- Provide information and resources to employers and workers
- Partner with other regulators to further process safety risk mitigation
- Conduct site inspections focusing on critical risk and critical controls
Deliverables and timelines
Information and resources
Updates and results
As part of our strategic initiative to develop measures to assess the effectiveness of prevention activities, we are providing updates of our High Risk Strategies and Industry Initiatives.
- Process Safety Initiative — Quarterly updates 2019
- Process Safety Initiative — Quarterly updates 2018
Note: To save space in bulleted lists, our update documents may refer to occupational health and safety as OHS. All references to the Act, refer to Part Three of the Workers Compensation Act. Penalties and warning letters reported in updates may have been initiated by inspections in a previous quarter.