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CSB Public Hearing: Safety Performance Indicators

Monday, July 23, 2012 - Tuesday, July 24, 2012
All Day Event
Hyatt Regency Houston, Imperial Ballroom
1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002

(713) 654-1234
A public hearing to support the US Chemical Safety Board’s continuedView of the destruction following the 2005 explosion and fire at the BP Texas City Refinery analysis of effective safety performance indicators and to release preliminary findings into the agency’s investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico.


A public hearing to support the US Chemical Safety Board’s continuedCSB_BP_destruction analysis of effective safety performance indicators and to release preliminary findings into the agency’s investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The CSB’s two day hearing on July 23-24, 2012, 9 am - 5pm  in downtown Houston, Texas, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 1200 Louisiana Street in the Imperial West Auditorium. The hearing is free and open to the public to register for the event please email [email protected]. The hearing will include presentations and discussions on measuring process safety performance in high hazard industries, including the development and implementation of leading and lagging indicators, for effective safety management.

Overview of Activities

The first day of the hearing will focus on the downstream refining and petrochemical sector. It will feature a presentation by CSB staff on the Board’s evaluation of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Recommended Practice for Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries (ANSI/API RP 754). The creation of API RP 754 was an outcome of a CSB’s recommendation resulting from the agency’s investigation into the BP Texas City refinery fire and explosion that killed 15 workers and injured 180 others. The CSB found that safety performance indicators for major accident prevention were not being used to drive safety improvements. The lessons learned from other high hazard industries with advanced indicator programs will also be discussed during the first day of the hearing.

The second day will include a presentation by CSB staff on preliminary findings on the use of safety indicators and major accident prevention from the Macondo incident. To date, the CSB has conducted numerous interviews and examined tens of thousands of documents from over 15 companies and parties in order to examine the use of safety indicators.  

Public Hearing Program

Click here to view the program for the CSB's Safety Performance Indicators Public Hearing.

Papers and Statements Developed by Consultants and Panelists for the CSB's July 23 and 24 Public Hearing

DAY 1 - July 23, 2012

Using Performance Indicators to Drive Improvement: CSB Overview

Delivered by Don Holmstrom (CSB, Western Regional Director) and Kara Kane (CSB, Attorney-Advisor)

Summary of CSB Evaluation of ANSI/API Recommended Practice 754

Delivered by Manuel Gomez, Ph.D. (CSB, Director of Recommendations)

Safety Indicators for Offshore Drilling 

A working paper for the CSB inquiry into the Macondo blowout by Andrew Hopkins

Process Safety Indicators for Major Accident Prevention
PowerPoint Presentation

Delivered by Kelly Keim, Vice Chair, ANSI/API Recommended Practice 754 Task Group

OSHA's Refinery and Chemical National Emphasis Program, PowerPoint

Delivered by Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary, OSHA

CSB Meeting: Leading and Lagging Indicators Metrics, PowerPoint

Deliveredy by Kim Nibarger, United Steelworkers (USW) International Union

The Implementation of Effective Key Performance Indicators for Major Hazard Enterprises
PowerPoint Presentation

Delivered by Ian Travers, UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Using Leading Indicators to Avoid Major Accidents

Statement by Hon. Jessie Hill Roberson, Vice Chairman of the U.S. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB)

Reactor Oversight Process - Performance Indicator Program, PowerPoint

Delivered by  John W. Lubinski, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

The Implementation of Effective Key Performance Indicators to Manage Major Hazard Risks 
PowerPoint Presentation

Delivered by Martin Sedgwick (Scottish Power) and Angela Wands (Amor Group)

DAY 2 - July 24, 2012

Offshore Safety Performance Indicators: Preliminary Findings from the Macondo Incident, Presentation

Delivered by Cheryl MacKenzie (CSB, Team Lead), Kelly Wilson (CSB, Investigator), and Don Holmstrom (CSB, Western Regional Director)

Lessons from the National Academies Report: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems
PowerPoint Presentation

Delivered by Ken Arnold, PE, NAE

Performance Indicators in Major Hazard Industries– An Offshore Regulator’s Perspective

A Discussion Paper for the US Chemical Safety Board by Ian Whewell 

Safety Performance Indicators: The Workforce Perspective

Delivered by Jake Molloy, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT)

Safety Performance Indicators as an Effective Way to Prevent Accidents
PowerPoint Presentation

Delivered by Roy Erling Furre, SAFE Union, Norway

Trends in Risk Level Norwegian Petroleum Activity (RNNP)
PowerPoint Presentation

Delivered by Øyvind Lauridsen, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA)  

Safety Performance Indicators

Delivered by Lois Epstein, The Wilderness Society

Progress on Process Safety Indicators - Necessary but Not Sufficient?
PowerPoint Presentation

A Discussion Paper for the US Chemical Safety Board by Peter Wilkinson, Nortic Risk Solutions

Major Hazard (Asset Integrity) Key Performance Indicators in Use in the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Industry
PowerPoint Presentation

Delivered by Bob Lauder, Oil and Gas UK

Statement from the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF)

Delivered by Aud Nistov, Acting Director of HSE & Operations, OLF

Statement from Statoil
PowerPoint Presentation

Delivered by Gunhild Holtet Eie, VP for Competence Centre, Statoil

Overview of Leading Indicator Research and Usage, Presentation

Delivered by Joe Stough, VP of Innocation Technologies, IHS

News Releases

In Formal Papers Submitted for Public Hearing in Houston, CSB Offshore Safety Consultants Examine Performance Indicators as an Effective Way to Prevent Catastropic Accident Like Deepwater HorizonCSB Announces Expert Panel Participants for Two Day Hearing on Safety Performance Indicators in Houston, Texas, on July 23-24

CSB Announces Two Day Public Hearing to Release Preliminary Findings into the Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico; CSB Board Members and Staff will Hear from Experts on the Importance of Using Effective Safety Indicators

Related Investigations

Macondo Blowout and Explosion

BP America Refinery Explosion