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Spearheading the Becht Safety Leader Workshop is Scott McLaurin, whose 32-year career with an industry major provided the foundation of his core philosophy that Safety Success is Preceded by Proper Safety Leadership. Scott supported both the upstream and downstream functions in operational and managerial capacities, and spent the last 15 years of his career sharing the Safety Leadership message worldwide to the Owner's staff and contractors on capital projects and turnarounds.
A degreed professional, Scott applies both logical and practical methodology in the delivery of the highly interactive Becht Safety Leader Workshop. This one- to two-day session is customized for each client, and is conducted at the client's site with a maximum of 25 participants to enhance retention and to encourage maximum interaction.

Safety - Plan, Promote and Participate: A Simple Recipe For Success

Safety - Plan, Promote and Participate:  A Simple Recipe For Success
 As the year draws to a close, I’ve been retrospective --  regarding what I have seen in terms of Safety successes.   It turns out that it has been a good year for Safety!Having had the opportunity to interact with different operations, companies and a variety of “Safety Cultures”, it is evident to me why some are more successful than others.  Once I considered the successes a trend became evident.  While considering to giving this trend a snazzy title, I decided to just call it the 3 P’s:  Plan, Promote, Participate - Simple yet appropriate.  Let me use an existing project to demonstrate the principle of the 3.Becht Engineering has been involved with a project at an existing refinery for about a year.  This project is a process upgrade with a planned duration of approximately 18 months.  Peak headcount will be about 150 craft workers spread amongst  a few major contractors.  As...
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Consistency and Commitment to BBO Safety Program Add to Unprecedented Success of North Slope Turnaround

Consistency and Commitment to BBO Safety Program Add to Unprecedented Success of North Slope Turnaround
by Scott McLaurin, Becht Safety Solutions Manager and contracted member of Owner’s Team of onsite Safety Professionals during Summer 2014 turnaround on Alaska’s North Slope.“If it’s important, it gets measured” is an oft-heard adage, but especially true when it comes to Safety Performance.  The truth is while we attach certain values to both desirable and undesirable numbers (statistics), we often tend to stop at the number itself and seldom consider the long-term ramifications.This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in perhaps the best-planned, best-executed turnaround with which I have ever been associated.  What I learned reinforced, once again, what effective leadership can accomplish.As a Safety Professional, I always do a mental Leadership Assessment whenever I work with a new team, and this was no exception.  From the first day onsite, the good folks of BP Exploration Alaska’s (BPXA) Central Gas Facility (CGF) on the North Slope of Alaska demonstrated the...
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Guest — Scott McLaurin

CGF TAR

My Pleasure! You and the Team at GCF are clearly ' Leaders of The Pack' !
Monday, 27 October 2014 10:30
Guest — Craig Flippo

CGF TAR Ops SPOC

Thanks for the kind words Scott and your professionalism and support were clearly a bonus to our team. It was great working with ... Read More
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:33
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Hazard Identification: The Mitigation Hierarchy and Human Interface

Hazard Identified; What Next?As we’ve discussed in recent articles, once a hazard is identified as legitimate, it needs to be mitigated.  A time-tested approach is what is known as The Industrial Hierarchy of Controls. While effective if applied properly, we must consider the human interface when utilizing the hierarchy of controls. A quick refresher of the hierarchy of controls will remind us that it is historically comprised of 4 components: Substitute/Eliminate, Engineer, Administrate and PPE. Depending upon what it is we’re trying to control, any one component could be effective, or a combination might be called for to mitigate the hazard.Initially, when using the hierarchy, we would prefer to substitute or eliminate the hazard if possible. Eliminating is obviously the simpler action. Let’s say we have a board with protruding nails laying in a walkway. We don’t need the board for the completion of our task, so we simply remove the...
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Hazard Identification at the Worksite: Considering Current Workforce Demographics

Within the Safety Professional community, one topic guaranteed to generate vigorous debate is that of Hazard Identification. Volumes of information exist, theories are plentiful and opinions are abundant. While certain fundamentals always will apply, consideration for the changing dynamic of today’s workforce is essential. Once we understand that dynamic, our approach to hazard identification (and consequently, risk assessment) may need to change as well.  The aging of the general population, directly impacts the current industrial workforce. Recent surveys show that approximately 70% of the workforce has 10 years or less experience in their craft. Combine that with the fact that over 50% of the workforce is under the age of 40 and you can begin to see that a gap exists which is affecting Safety performance at the workplace. Unfortunately, that ‘safety performance gap’ is supported by current statistics which show an increase in worksite incident rates. One of the most...
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