2019 Survey on the State of Process Safety & Operational Risk Management - Part Two

We’re still largely on the reactive back foot… but IRM is on the digital horizon.

The 2019 survey, the industry’s fourth on the state of Process Safety & Operational Risk Management, shows how companies are battling multiple challenges from reduced headcount, a brain drain as talent retires, to aging assets, while feedstock price fluctuations keep uncertainly rolling. Indeed, in this environment, it’s more important than ever to translate process safety and risk management intentions into best practice.

In part two of the 2019 survey, we consider the roll of planning and the use of technology to bridge the gaps between intention and reality to deliver something greater: predictive and proactive PSM and ORM strategies.


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Industry Needs New Ways of Communicating Safety Priority

Safety and risk leaders know what’s lurking in the gaps between intent and reality:

Safety leaders need ways of communicating priorities and critically to non-technical people also contending for and/or approving capital spend.

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About the Survey

The 2019 Sphera PSM/ORM Survey was conducted online between April 3 and June 6, 2019. A record 230 people took part in this year’s survey, of whom 31% said they have worked in process safety, asset integrity and Operational Risk for more than 15 years. Nearly half (45%) said they work in the Oil & Gas industry, 18% in petrochemicals and 9% in manufacturing. More than a third of the respondents (38%) said they work at companies with more than 10,000 employees, and about half (45%) said their company operates more than 25 plants. Additionally, a third of respondents (30%) said they hail from North America while 23% said the Middle East, 18% Asia and 11% Europe.

Survey and Expert Commentators

Mike Zamis

Chief Product Officer

Simon Jones

Director, Solutions Consulting – Operational Risk Management

Scott Lehmann

VP, Product Management – Operational Risk Management

Courtney Brewer

Manager, Product Marketing – Operational Risk Management