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HSE Manager of Shell told about 12 vital principles of process safety


Help minimize work-related injuries

Tatiana Bobrovitskaya, General Manager for Health, Safety and Environment of Shell Russia, told about 12 vital principals of process safety. She was among the speakers of the International Forum on Industrial Safety on Wednesday, BNA reports.

In 2008, Shell studied the injuries rate among its employees. The outcomes of this study formed the basis of 12 vital safety rules that are now used not only in Shell, but also in tens of other oil and gas companies.

Firstly, as Bobrovitskaya said, air monitoring must be performed before the start of work. Secondly, only valid work permits are allowed. Thirdly, before starting work, it is necessary to make sure that all power sources in the area are properly insulated and required protective equipment is in place.


  • A work permit must be issued prior to the start of work in a closed space.
  • Disconnection of the equipment that directly influences process safety must be authorized in advance.
  • Fall protection measures must be taken when working at height.
  • Safety harness must be used.
  • An authorized travel management plan must be strictly followed.
  • Walking under suspended loads is forbidden.
  • No smoking outside smoking areas.
  • It is prohibited to drink alcohol or use drugs when performing work or driving a vehicle.
  • Mobile phones and speeding are not allowed.

Following these rules helps to achieve «target zero», that is to minimize work-related injuries. Shell is an international energy company with expertise in the exploration, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, and the manufacturing and marketing of chemicals.

The International Forum on Industrial Safety is held in St. Petersburg every year. In 2018, it is the 16th time. This year the Forum venue is Hilton Hotel St. Petersburg Expoforum. The conference was attended by more than 170 people from different states. The organizer is GCE Group.

Source: Business News Agency

Forum participant’s opinion

«Forums like this actually help to improve industrial safety. One of the advantages of this forum is that people can share experience, i.e. about the accident that happened in Bhopal, or accidents happening in Moldova, Ukraine, etc. People learn lessons got after such accidents, and create new rules, regulations and best practices in order to prevent them. Its very important to learn the best practices of other countries and organizations, and implement them in your own country, in your own organization, it is very important. I think, today people pay enough attention to the problems of industrial safety. In fact people are now becoming aware of the disasters and safety operations. Like air and water we breathe and use, safety has become very important.»

Madhukar Onharnath Garg

Madhukar Onharnath Garg, Director CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (India)