The key goals of process safety management at Neste Oil are to prevent personnel from being injured or exposed to danger, to protect the environment and the company’s property and other assets, and to prevent or minimize collateral financial losses. Process safety thinking is based on identifying operational risks and dealing with them using various technical and operational tools, and minimizing any impact should a risk develop into a concrete problem.
Neste Oil’s process safety management approach covers the entire refining chain, and all process safety-related areas are taken into account when assessing risks. Engineering, technology selection, changes and modifications made to systems, operations and maintenance work, know-how, and practices all play a very important role in process safety. Process safety management at Neste Oil plants has been improved in recent years to reduce the number of unscheduled leaks and operational incidents.
Improving process safety
Neste Oil measures its process safety using CONCAWE-defined PSEs or Process Safety Events. These define process safety levels and measure the number of incidents, such as leaks that do not harm the environment, that take place in processes. Neste Oil uses different PSEs to measure the degree of seriousness of process safety-related incidents, based on the hazards associated with the materials involved and any possible consequences resulting from an incident.