The terms Safety Critical Element (SCE) and Performance Standard first entered the Oil Industry vernacular in their current form in the early 90s on the heels of the Piper Alpha disaster; with the introduction of the Prevention of Fires, Explosions and Emergency Response (PFEER) and Design and Construction Regulations (DCR).
At the time, the industry was unsure what was required of them and there were many interpretations of what a SCE (now a SECE - Safety and Environmental Critical Element) and a Performance Standard should look like.
What was clear was the process required by the new Goal Setting regulations: -
- Identify Major Accident Hazards (MAHs) associated with a site.
- Identify Safety and Environmental Critical Elements (SECEs).
- For each SECE, develop criteria (Performance Standards).
- Produce Assurance schemes to confirm that the criteria are being properly met.
- Arrange for Verification of the entire process by an independent competent person.
The backbone and fundamental core of this entire process takes the form of a suite of documents which are generally referred to as the Performance Standards.
The integrity and consistency of these documents is key to not only the current system design, but also system maintenance, the management of change, modification processes and it is at the heart of the entire Operational Safety Case goal setting regime.
Almost unbelievably therefore, PIM SECE is the first bespoke document management system specifically for controlling the content and details of Performance Standards and Safety (and Environmental) Critical Elements (SECEs).
Prior to its development, the vast majority of Performance Standards have historically been held as discrete MSWord or MSExcel documents. This has led to massive inefficiencies, inconsistencies between platforms with the same duty holder, problems with updates being made to one platform standard without addressing dependencies etc.
Anyone who has ever dealt with Performance Standards at any level will understand the issues.
The Management of Change is almost impossible if Performance Standards are held in discrete documents.
PIM SECE solves all these potential problems at once.
All the sites, all the SECEs and all the Performance Standards and Assurance Tasks for a given company are held in a single database.
This ensures firstly and importantly that there is a single controlled version of all the company's Performance Standards.
Any 'general' changes to a Performance Standard for one site are immediately reflected in all sites. 'Site Specific' changes are also catered for.
Major Accident Hazards are standardised across all sites as are the definition of goals and SECE boundaries.
Dependencies between SECEs, which historically have required manual cross referencing and manual update of multiple discrete documents are all handled automatically and simply.
The information is all stored on the cloud and can be accessed securely via an internet browser by username and password, with three levels of access available; Administrator, Engineer and Manager, giving full, partial and read-only access as required.
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