Become more reliable to reduce safety risk

Become more reliable to reduce safety risk

April 12, 2024
Joe Anderson outlines three things you can do immediately to create a safer, more reliable operation

Reliability and safety are closely related in the context of equipment and operations. By prioritizing reliability in equipment, processes, and systems, businesses can effectively mitigate risks, reduce accidents, and ensure a safer working environment for employees.

Here's how reliability can contribute to reducing safety risks:

  • Equipment failures: Unreliable equipment is more prone to unexpected failures, which can result in safety hazards such as fires, explosions, or machinery malfunctions. Reliable equipment is less likely to fail unexpectedly, reducing the risk of accidents.
  • Consistent performance: Reliable equipment tends to perform consistently according to its specifications. This predictability allows operators and maintenance personnel to understand and manage potential safety risks more effectively.
  • Proper functioning of safety systems: Many safety systems depend on the reliable operation of equipment. For example, emergency shutdown systems rely on reliable sensors and actuators to function correctly in case of a safety hazard.
  • Reduced downtime: Unplanned downtime due to equipment failures can lead to rushed repairs or temporary fixes that may compromise safety. Reliable equipment reduces the likelihood of such downtime, allowing for more thorough maintenance and repair procedures.
  • Operator confidence: Operators working with reliable equipment are more likely to have confidence in its performance, which can lead to safer operating practices and better decision-making in hazardous situations.
  • Regulatory compliance: In many industries, regulatory standards require equipment to be maintained and operated reliably to ensure the safety of workers and the environment. Reliable equipment helps organizations comply with these standards.
About the Author

Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson is a partner and chief operating officer for ReliabilityX. Joe helps companies reach their full potential through improvement gains and lowering costs, giving them a competitive advantage on their journey to excellence. As an active columnist in Plant Services magazine, Joe shares his over 25 years of experience in maintenance, reliability and management excellence in various industries with the world through his writing. He is a CMRP, CRL, CARO, MLT2, MLA1, LSSGB, IAM-55k, CRL Black Belt and was recognized as one of the top 50 leaders in the country by the United States Congress, being awarded the National Leadership Award. He has also brought humor to the world through his experiences, and it can be seen in the character creation of Captain Unreliability.

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