The Process Safety Management (PSM) culture has gained new momentum since the launch of the Egyptian PSM Steering Committee’s website in January 2021 during a webinar sponsored by Methanex Egypt to share the committee’s progress and roadmap achievements and way forward. The website PSM Egypt acts as a PSM one stop shop for oil, gas and petrochemical sector executives including key PSM information, resources and updates. It provides sector companies with a reliable source to refer to when they embark on their PSM journeys to drive safer sector processes and operations and eventually achieve the committee’s goal of “No harm to people, No harm to the environment and No harm to assets.” The website has had thousands of visitors in just two months since launch catering to the huge appetite within the sector to understand and establish PSM systems.
The website comes as a result of the partnership Methanex and the Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM) formed back in 2018 to raise awareness and establish a common understanding of PSM within the industry. Together, they hosted two PSM conferences in 2018 and 2019 that targeted a total of 800 representatives from across Egyptian Petrochemical, and Oil & Gas sector companies. As a result, in 2020, Methanex and the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (MoP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) creating a framework over a three-year period for a PSM agenda and roadmap for the Egyptian oil and gas sector with a number of mandates including leading communication within the industry through different channels and tools.
The website of Process Safety Management (PSM) provides a unified PSM understanding and a comprehensive management system to manage risks through the Center for Chemical Process Safety’s (CCPS) PSM 20 elements including Process Safety Culture, Process Safety Competency, Hazard Identification & Risk Analysis, Safe Work Practices, Incident Investigation, and other key elements. Those 20 elements represent the foundation for effective PSM implementation.
The website is the gateway for sector executives to access information about the Egyptian PSM Steering Committee members, the committee’s vision and goals, Egypt’s 3-year PSM road map, progress update reports that can be subscribed to, along with the latest news and details about the latest and upcoming PSM conferences and events.
The website acts as a learning platform to sector executives providing PSM knowledge and information necessary to manage facilities and processes safely through a selection of global resources such as case studies, success stories, best practices and global PSM reports. It also provides access to credible global PSM service providers and consultants which local companies can refer to for guidance through their PSM journey such as Oil and Gas UK (OGUK), Health and Safety Executive, Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), United States Department of Labor and The International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP).
The PSM website facilitates communication with the PSM steering and technical committees through easily submitting inquiries via a contact us form. The website is available in both English and Arabic languages to cater to the needs of the different audiences in the oil, gas, and petrochemical sector