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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

«Such forums will provide important contributions in terms of their specific subjects; as well as industrial safety. Through such kind of Forums, the recent studies and experiences can be shared; thus, the accidents can be avoided without any loss. The causes and consequences of the major accidents have vital importance in terms of industrial safety. The studies that are related to such kind of accidents (such as Soma) should be taken seriously. In addition, giving attention to new developments in industrial safety might increase the attention to the Forum. I am thankful to the organization committee. From the welcome until the farewell, everything was great».

Ayhan Yuksel

Ayhan Yuksel, Director of Chamber of Mining Engineers (Turkey)