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  • Why Enterprise Loss Prevention (ELP) is a core element of the Intelligent Operations Framework

    In our previous post, we shared why MOC corresponds to the skeletal system for Intelligent Operations. If MOC is the skeleton, ELP is the connective tissue (tendons, muscles) in Intelligent Operations. ELP focuses on reducing risks or unwanted events. Learn More »

  • Why MOC is part of the core fabric for Intelligent Operations

    One of the core framework components of Intelligent Operations is Management of Change (MOC). MOC is rather like a skeletal system as is exists to reduce the likelihood of incidents, but more holistically, it deals with sustainability of supporting business processes as changes occur. Learn More »

  • ERM vs. ORM – What is the difference? (Part 4)

    In Part 1 of the series we discussed the difference between Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Operational Risk Management (ORM). In Part 2 we discussed Risk Management in more depth. In Part 3, we focused on Ensuring Assets Perform. In Part 4, we focus on maximizing Workforce Resilience. Learn More »

  • ERM vs. ORM – What is the difference? (Part 3)

    In Part 1 of the series on ERM vs. ORM, we discussed the difference between Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Operational Risk Management (ORM). In part 2 we discussed Risk Management in more depth. Now in Part 3, we focus on Ensuring Assets Perform. Learn More »

  • ERM vs. ORM – What is the difference? (Part 2)

    In Part 1 of the series on ERM vs. ORM, we discussed the difference between Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Operational Risk Management (ORM). In part 2 we discuss Risk Management in more depth. Learn More »

  • Monitoring Organizational Performance – Necessary Metrics

    There are many ways to monitor the performance of your organization. Today we want to highlight 3 ways that are fundamental to understanding how well your organization is performing. Learn More »

  • MFG Chemical Selects OESuite™ To Further Improve Operational Excellence and EHS&S Outcomes

    New software platform to improve information and workflow management in EHS&S processes companywide

    HOUSTON (April 29, 2019) – Operational Sustainability, LLC® announced today that MFG Chemical, a global leader in specialty and custom chemical manufacturing, will be implementing eight modules from the comprehensive OESuite platform later this year. Learn More »

  • Why Effective Equipment Identification Matters and How To Do It

    Since vision tends to dominate the senses, one of the most effective ways to reduce human error and improve human performance is to maximize visibility of equipment and its conditions. While there are many methods for improving visibility included in any good Conduct of Operations Management System, an effective equipment identification system is a critical element. Learn More »

  • Using a Risk Registry to Properly Manage Operational Risk

    Process Safety Management (PSM) provides a framework for effectively managing operational risk. The framework includes the obvious catastrophic events that can result catastrophic consequences which threaten the financial viability of an enterprise. But what about the lesser threats that together can cause significant harm by a thousand cuts? Learn More »

  • Why Process Safety Performance Indicators Are Your Silver Lining

    It's true that process safety incidents have the highest potential for significant injuries and deaths, environmental harm, property damage, business interruption, damage to your reputation, and can ultimately impact your right to operate, but there is a silver lining – if you're keeping score. Learn More »

  • ERM vs. ORM – What is the difference? (Part 1)

    This is the first in our series of posts on ERM and ORM: What is the difference and why does it matter? Most importantly in this series, we'll explore how to distinguish where your organization is on its risk journey and what best practices in ORM are. Learn More »

  • Thelma Kipe Joins Operational Sustainability, LLC

    Operational Sustainability, LLC today announced Thelma Kipe has accepted the position of Vice President for Customer and Product Management. Kipe brings three decades of experience in implementing, designing, supporting, selling, and interfacing with software for industrial users to the OS team. Learn More »

  • Conduct of Operations – You Need a Management System

    If your company is within the United States and is governed by Process Safety Management (PSM), you are required by OSHA to have PSM Systems such as Mechanical Integrity, Management of Change (MOC), Incident Investigation, and Pre-Startup Safety Review (PSSR) – just to name a few. Learn More »

  • Lotte Axiall Chemical Corporation Chooses Operational Sustainability, LLC and OESuite Software for Operational Excellence

    Operational Sustainability, LLC®, (OS) a leading provider of enterprise software solutions for managing operational risk and achieving operational excellence, announced today the Lotte Axiall Chemical Corporation (LACC) has selected OESuite™ software from OS and plans to implement seven core modules in the LACC Lake Charles, LA facility. Learn More »

  • Risk-Based Process Safety and API 754... Is this the best practice for process safety?

    Risk-Based Process Safety is a holistic approach that establishes a fully functional process safety program. This is in contrast to OSHA's CFR 1910.119, Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (OSHA PSM), which is a regulation where program sustainability is not addressed. Learn More »

  • Improving Process Safety Culture

    Process Safety Culture has been defined as "the combination of group values and behaviors that determine the manner in which process safety is managed". So how do you go about developing, sustaining and enhancing your organizations Process Safety Culture? Learn More »

  • The Mobilpocalypse: Are You Ready?

    Until recently, the cloud was not viewed as a secure location for data storage, and only limited options existed for wireless mesh networks in manufacturing facilities. With the proliferation of and improvements in these technologies, price points and performance have both improved dramatically. Learn More »

  • Are Your Safety Resources the Safety Police?

    While this is may be a provocative question, it deserves your attention. Ask yourself these two questions: Learn More »

  • Operational Sustainability, LLC partners with Process Safety Solutions, LLC

    Process Safety Solutions, LLC (PSS) today announced a new integrated solution for managing contractor employee safety training, compliance and documentation. Learn More »

  • Improving Human Performance

    Human error has been estimated to cause up to 80% of incidents in chemical and petrochemical plants. Companies wanting to make improvements in their safety performance can therefore make signficant gains through addressing human error. Learn More »

  • Achieving Effective Conduct of Operations

    Doing the same thing in the same way each day is the heart of Operational Discipline. An effective Conduct of Operations (CoO) philosophy turns the concept of operational discipline into assurance that workers actually do those things, in that same way day after day. Learn More »

  • Challenges Remain in Effective Management of Change Implementation

    Management of Change (MOC) has been a regulatory requirement for more than 20 years, yet companies continue to struggle to implement and sustain it. While not always obvious, many process safety performance issues can be traced back to the failure of a central aspect of a Management of Change program… Learn More »

  • What Is Advanced Asset Lifecycle Management (Next Gen APM) and Why Do You Need It?

    Next Gen Asset Performance Management (Next Gen APM) is shorthand for Advanced Asset Lifecycle Management. This improved approach to asset performance management goes beyond the traditional questions of maintenance, cost, safety systems and condition and takes APM to the next level by embedding operational intelligence to improve worker performance, and by providing insights far beyond what traditional APM approaches deliver. Learn More »

  • Why Hiring Potential Friends Is Smart Business

    Organizations need to recognize the vital role that employee friendships play in boosting productive, can-do attitudes in the workforce. Fostering a work culture that promotes camaraderie and hiring new employees who fit your culture – new potential work friends – is simply smart business. Learn More »

  • Operational Sustainability Named to Top 20 Most Promising ERM Solution Providers, 2015

    CIO Review Magazine recently surveyed more than 500 Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) solutions for companies and selected a "Top 20" as Best in Class providers. Operational Sustainability is honored to be one of those providers selected as a key player delivering powerful software solutions backed up by expert service and consultation to manage operational risks. CEO David Drerup says, "Our software's powerful analytics, mobility, and visualization allow field personnel to assess and prioritize emerging threats."

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  • TLAs and Communication Challenges in Risk Management

    Three-Letter Acronyms (TLAs) are a mainstay of both manufacturing and technology. Sure, it's verbally more efficient to use TLAs than say or write "Operational Risk Management" or "Environment, Health & Safety" but challenges arise when all parties to the communication don't share the same frame of reference. A conversation about asset integrity and reliability can easily derail when the acronym soup gets a little too thick. In this post LNS Research takes a look at some of the acronyms and shares responses from manufacturers when those enterprises were asked how they view asset performance technology. Learn More »

  • Effective Operational Risk Management – The Plant Manager's Perspective

    This article by LNS Research discusses the four things Plant Managers need to know about operational risk management. More importantly, the article gives solid insight into why these key points – and a better approach to risk management overall – matter in everyday operations and in the overall responsibilities of oil and gas, utility, petrochemical, or mining sector plant managers. Learn More »

  • Operational Sustainability, LLC partners with DuPont Sustainable Solutions
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    DuPont Sustainable Solutions (DSS) is launching a new holistic solution to managing process safety through an integrated, electronic platform,developed in partnership with Houston-based software company, Operational Sustainability, LLC (OS). Learn More »

  • Executive Order 13650

    We wanted to make you aware of Executive Order 13650, which was published on Dec. 3, 2013 as a result of the incident in West, Texas that will be targeting the modernization of the Process Safety Standard. This Executive Order presents some significant potential changes to the OSHA Process Safety Standard. OSHA is requesting comments as a result of this Executive Order. Learn More »

  • ADGas Signs Agreement for Operational Risk Management Solution
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    "The purchase of OSSuite™ enables ADGas to achieve regulatory compliance while enhancing operational efficiency with asset integrity and environmental, health and safety requirements," said ADGas CEO Luke Stuart. "OS's comprehensive offering allow us to take plants from conceptual design through the entire operational lifecycle." Learn More »