A frequent comment from workers is, “What can I do to improve safety of our processes? I am just the operator (or technician, mechanic, etc.). I just turn valves, operate the equipment, take samples, turn wrenches, adjust the equipment.” It is true that operators and maintenance people can’t change the chemistry, redesign equipment, or change materials of construction. However, they have the best view of the process. They know how it behaves, how equipment fails, and under what conditions the process
Yogi Berra was a baseball player who said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.” That is true of process safety! You can learn a lot by looking and listening. Unusual sounds may indicate an impending equipment problem. A dirty or wet spot on the floor or piping may warn of a small leak. We all know equipment problems and leaks do not fix themselves. Report what you see, write a repair order, or tell your supervisor.
Here are what you can do:
Source: AIChE@September 2012