Process Safety Principles Launched
UK Petroleum Industry Association

16th July 2009


Launch of Process Safety Leadership Group's Principles

Another step forward in reinforcing safety standards in the downstream oil industry was taken today with the launch of the Process Safety Principles document that reinforces the importance of clear and positive process safety leadership in effective management of major hazard businesses.

The document outlining the principles has been agreed by the Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) that is made up of key representatives from downstream oil refining, marketing and storage, petrochemicals and pipeline industries – together with the Health & Safety Executive, Environment Agencies and the Unions.

Commenting on today’s launch, Chris Hunt, Director General of UKPIA said, “As a key member of PSLG, UKPIA welcomes its commitment to the enhancement of process safety. UKPIA has developed a similar initiative and will reflect the Process Safety Principles through its own Process Safety Leadership Commitment, signed by all UKPIA member companies.”

He continued, “Our members, through the implementation of UKPIA’s Process Safety Commitment, are fully engaged in the continuing enhancement of process safety and the effective management of risks in our businesses."
Click here to view the PSLG Principles of process Safety Leadership.


Nick Vandervell +44 (0)20 7269 7604
Chris Hunt +44 (0)20 7269 7601

Notes to editors:

  1. UKPIA represents the oil refining and marketing companies operating in the UK, which also own approximately 2,190 of the UK's 9,264 service stations.
  2. UKPIA members own and operate the nine crude oil refineries in the UK.
  3. The Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) was established to succeed the Buncefield Standards Task Group, formed in 2006 following the Buncefield oil terminal incident. PSLG membership is: HSE, Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, UKPIA, Tank Storage Association, British Pipeline Agency, Chemical Industry Association and Unite the Union.

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