PROMIS® in the daily practice with Chemical Process Safety
- Richard Gowland, Technical Director at the European Process Safety Centre (epsc)
- Caterina Berbenni-Rehm, CEO at PROMIS @Service, Luxembourg
- A German communication scientist and self-called public intellectual has stated: „Information is the cement of society“. Do you agree or disaccord? Or maybe you want to add something?
- How easy or how difficult is it to make IT knowledge tangible and measurable in its value and benefits for SMEs and organizations?
- Undoubtedly, the world around us gets more and more interconnected and globalized. Are „knowledge economy“ and „networking economy“ the new driving forces of nowadays information society?
- What is actually meant by „collaboration“ in today’s business environment and is its great potential already exploited enough?
- In what way does the professional, highly qualified cloud platform PROMIS® specifically support SMEs following the changing work processes?
- In a broadcast last year in this studio there was discussed – amongst others – the request of the European Commission for public institutions to open their shrines full of information, data, knowledge and to put them at the service of users. Please give us an idea of what has happened within this context during the last 12 months.
1. Metal processing midsized enterprise group: Alfred Haas, Director of Operations and Integrated Management, AVI GmbH, Raaba, Austria.
With PROMIS® it is possible, for the first time, to represent central claims of a company, such as legal requirements from the quality, environmental and safety management, in a simple and comprehensive way while remaining compliant to norms and standards. The clear and logical structure of the software allows rapid work after a really short introduction phase. The possibility to link all individual containers with each other, allows the creation of a data network that is logically closed in itself and self-sustaining. Automated processes and procedures support a resource-saving maintenance of the system also for large companies.
2. Recycling SME: Mr. Joseph Hrastnig, Schrott-Waltner GmbH, Graz, Austria
Austrian recycling company Schrott-Waltner is benefitting from impressive improvements in company performance:
- A move to virtually paperless quality and environmental management systems (certified to ISO 9001 and 14001) and health and safety management.
- 20% reduction in consultancy fees.
- 25% savings in employee time
- Improved relationships with local authorities because relevant and up-to-date information is available quickly in a single repository.
- €15,000 annual savings in quality and environmental management operations.
- A fall in the number of employee accidents.
Commercial manager Josef Hrastnig states: ‘We maintain practically paperless ISO 9000, ISO 14000 and health and safety system certifications using myPROMIS®. Updates can be made continually and the cost of interim audits can be kept within reasonable limits for a small firm like us. The external auditors are very positive about the use of myPROMIS® and have welcomed the further development of the system.’
3. Richard Gowland, Technical Director of the European Process Safety Centre - PROMIS® and Chemical Process Safety
Chemical operations require a process safety management (PSM) approach which considers hazards and risks at the facility itself and often the potential impacts outside it, on the community and on the environment. Typical areas of concern include toxic releases, fires and explosions. While these issues are not confined to SMEs, managing them may present a greater challenge when limited resources are available.
Richard Gowland, Technical Director of the European Process Safety Centre and past Chair of the European Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (ETPIS) has used the framework of PROMIS® to create simple PSM structures proportionate to the potential consequences if control is lost. The Chemical Process Safety pyramid incorporates tools for all the key stages, and links to the relevant legislation and descriptions of common means of conformance. Richard Gowland comments:
‘The evolution of the chemicals sector has resulted in many opportunities for SMEs but also new burdens and risks. The PROMIS® Chemical Process Safety pyramid will provide a focal point for consultants, companies wishing to widen the use of their own methods and help the industry to improve.’
4. Rainer Tielsch, Prof. h.c. Dr. rer. sec., Dipl.-Psych.
Bergische Universität Wuppertal Fachbereich D - Architektur, Bauingenieurwesen, Maschinenbau, Sicherheitstechnik
….I can only congratulate you on a system like PROMIS®, which –in the long run - stands to allow both industry and public bodies to save billions of Euros through highest efficiency! I believe you are right in your vision and your goal. I will also start using PROMIS®, and will support you in passing the message on to others….