Implementing an OPS Assessment
The purpose of an Organizational Process Safety (OPS) assessment is to determine an organization’s maturity level, in practice, when it comes to managing process safety risks.
The emphasis on the practical aspect means that the assessment is not an exercise in auditing a paper Process Safety Management (PSM) system, should such a system exist. Instead, the OPS assessment team spends most of its time interviewing personnel at different levels in the organization and visiting facilities rather than reviewing documents, although some documentary evidence will need to be reviewed. The assessment targets the elements and workstreams identified in the CCPS (Center for Chemical Process Safety) risk-based process safety model. Figures 1 and 2 summarize the assessment process, from start to finish.