Safety Planning for Paper Machine Shutdown and Start-up Activities, 2018 Tissue
During my career serving as an engineer and supporting paper machine start-ups in the pulp and paper industry, I have witnessed more potential hazards than I care to remember. Acknowledging the “almost incidents” or near misses, and sharing these examples with a focus on continuous improvement is critical for keeping employees safe, minimizing exposure to hazards, and establishing a culture of zero incidents.
The general method for safety planning includes understanding the tasks to be completed, defining the hazards associated with these tasks, and mitigating the hazards to an acceptable level. Continuous improvement of the safety culture is achieved by tracking, reporting, and learning from safety observations, near misses, and accidents.
A focus on continuous-improvement which incorporates safety planning in commissioning procedures can mitigate the risks involved with these activities, and in doing so, eliminate incidents, leading to the safe and successful start-up of paper machines.
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