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Capturing the Reliability Prize – Leadership, Vision, & Commitment
Monday, 07 September 2015
Reliable operations is a key business objective for nearly every manufacturing plant due to global economic pressures and increasing Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements. Pacesetter sites that have been successful in achieving long-term reliability are characterized by Business Units empowered and accountable to meet their reliability targets. Structured work processes, with specialist support, provide the foundation for Business Unit Reliability Improvement Plans. We find that sites that lack the organizational readiness and expertise languish in the 3 rd or 4 th quartile for reliability performance. Becht Engineering Company subscribes to a holistic risk management philosophy through a Reliability Management System (RMS) that crosses all major departments at a facility. This approach separates us from our competitors who offer Risk-based Inspection (RBI) tools, which is only one element of the program. Experience indicates that programs such as ours comply with the intent of PSM regulations and drive efficiency in maintenance dollars. In...
Safety - Plan, Promote and Participate: A Simple Recipe For Success
Thursday, 01 January 2015
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...
How To Hire The Right Lift Director
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
This is the second part of "Lift Director – Are you in Compliance?" published Sept. 10, 2014. Click Here to view Part 1 Who Are these Persons? Where do we find them? First, this person is a “natural leader” -- not afraid to make informed decisions and stand behind them. A person that others will trust and follow. Second, this person must have the necessary experience (based on work history) to effectively perform required tasks and to live up to the many responsibilities. Third, this person must be reliable and dependable . Reputations, good and bad, are built over time and follow individuals. The crane and rigging industry is a small group in this country. Good and Bad actors are easily identified. Check references and call previous employers. Lift Director Profile - "Gray Hair" Effect A mature person with a lot of experience makes the client more...
Consistency and Commitment to BBO Safety Program Add to Unprecedented Success of North Slope Turnaround
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
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...
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