The role that boards of directors and executives can play in ensuring that effective safety management systems are in place at oil-and-gas facilities is the focus of a new guide from U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). “CSB Best Practice Guidance for Corporate Boards of Directors and Executives in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry for Major Accident Prevention” looks at how company executives can help properly manage risks, with the goal of preventing major accidents and protecting workers, the public and the environment.

The document defines several key roles for boards of directors and executives:

  • Ensure that the safety management system integrates internal safety requirements with regulatory requirements to control major accident hazards and that identifies, prevents and mitigates identified process safety deficiencies.
  • Promote a strong process safety culture.
  • Ensure that at least one of the company’s directors has the necessary and relevant education, experience and training to gather, assess and communicate important process safety-related information.
  • Develop a process safety policy that is periodically reviewed and revised, as necessary, and is an integral part of the company’s culture, values and performance standards.
  • Establish a board champion for process safety who initiates discussion at all board meetings and leads process safety oversight and other initiatives on behalf of the board.
  • Communicate process safety policies and their importance, as well as the crucial role of workers in risk identification and management.

View the full document here.