Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Meet the Safety Management Systems (SMS) Program Development Team. Learn more about the Operations Conference.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
What’s Your Knowledge Playbook?
Learn the difference between Knowledge Transfer versus Knowledge Management and Explicit Knowledge versus Implicit Knowledge and their collective value to risk mitigation to build out your knowledge playbook. Additionally, receive detailed insight on a systematic approach to managing organizational changes leveraging technology to mitigate safety-related risks.

1:00 PM – 2:15 PM
Synergy Between Human Behavior and Safety Management System (SMS)
As defined in API RP 1173, safety culture is a collective set of attitudes, values, norms, beliefs and practices that an operator’s employees and contractor personnel share with respect to risk and safety. Within the utility industry there are numerous and complex operational activities with safety impacts. An SMS helps to cohesively and systematically manage these. Human behavior impacts safety culture, and even with the best intentions, human error can still occur. Human and organizational performance establishes safety controls and provide the organization with skills, knowledge and attitudes to strengthen the safety culture. Learn how safety culture assessments and human and organizational performance are shifting the needle for Operators Safety Management Systems.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Assessing the Status and Health of your Safety Management System
Determining maturity and providing assurance that a company’s Safety Management System is effectively implemented and maintained can be challenging. Learn about how different companies evaluate the effectiveness and performance of the health of their safety management systems through:

• Gap assessments
• External (Third-party) audits
• Surveys
• Interviews
• Inspections/observations

12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Integration of SMS with Current Business Processes
Integrating business tools with SMS: Use existing business processes and gap review and use existing tools while integrating SMS into new and improved procedures being developed. Specific methods MDU brings into the processes with workflows. Integrate SMS into MOC, collaborative effort of response plan. Define and create specific changes. Use changes that are underway or already planned so there is not a continuous series of change.

Considerations for the successful implementation of SMS: The industry is focused on improving safety performance and striving to zero pipeline incidents. API 1173 was designed to be flexible and scalable approach to PDCA. This discussion will provide considerations for the approach to implementing Safety Management System around existing business and change processes.

Connecting Design and Construction Through Safety Management Systems: An engineer uses available records, and data from field investigations, to develop a design package. However, most constructors must make field modifications due to unknown infrastructure or unidentified obstacles. This discussion will focus on how PG&E has used a SMS framework to minimize risk and ensure field changes are executed safely and compliantly.