Define control system safety risks upfront.
Then eliminate them.
With zero incidents as the goal, we don’t just think safety, we live it. It should be top of mind at the start and end of each day. No matter the task, on-the-job safety must encompass every aspect of our daily work preparation, through and extending beyond a job’s completion.
As facilities look to upgrade or migrate their control systems, mitigating safety risks and hazards should be high on the priority list. To start, follow the below steps:
Each facility must define for itself which systems are critical; this designation will vary based on company size and other criteria. You and your chosen third-party partner should consider safety, downtime, resource allocation, network traffic levels, data integrity, cyber security and other critical factors while there is still the greatest flexibility to deal with them.
Safety starts from the top-down. Its importance is conveyed through a mix of communicating safety policies, strategies and initiatives; implementing process control safeguards and action plans; and investing in training and equipment repair and replacement. If the entire company regards safety as a top priority, appropriate resources will be allocated to ensure safe operations. With these elements in place, an effective corporate safety culture can be built to keep automation systems and people safe.
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