August 12, 2015
Management of Change (MOC) has been a regulatory requirement for more than 20 years, yet companies continue to struggle to implement and sustain it. While not always obvious, many process safety performance issues can be traced back to the failure of a central aspect of a Management of Change program – ineffective control of personnel changes throughout the organization and across many key roles that impact process safety. Sites need to maintain a specific level of process knowledge and experience across the organization as people change. Failure to do so can put people, facilities, and organizations at risk.
The core issues are:
Incidents linked to personnel or policy changes that have impacted Process Safety Management (PSM) covered processes have led to an emphasis on addressing MOOC. One core tenant of MOOC as it applies to personnel is to review the capability of and promotability of personnel assigned to hazardous processes at least once per year.
If your organization deals with hazardous processes, these key points should be a part of every evaluation process for changes made in personnel and policies (helping you effectively follow MOOC):
How does your organization deal with the issues surrounding effective Management of Change and Management of Organizational Change?