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United Safety Ltd. and Pragmatic Solutions Ltd. Announce Strategic Alliance "SafePath™"
An alliance between United Safety and Pragmatic Solutions is being launched and branded as SafePath™. The SafePath™ Process serves customers in a very innovative way. Beginning with a health check on an existing safety program the SafePath Process determines where a safety program is against both regulatory compliance and corporate goals. It then answers, and delivers solutions for three key questions:
- Where does the safety program need to go?
- How should the safety program get there?
- Who can help the safety program get there and, just as importantly, help keep it there long term?
For the past decade Pragmatic Solutions
Ltd. has been engaged in intensive research on health and safety
as it pertains to the energy sector. Essentially acting as a “safety
think tank”, Pragmatic’s research is directed both to understand traditional
safety and its failure points, and to create new models to embrace risk
management as a substitute for traditional activity-based safety. Pragmatic has
developed an active compliance
process and software tool set that is revolutionizing how health
and safety systems are evaluated AND will drive on-the-ground mitigation
efforts to create value for all.
For the past 25 years United Safety Ltd. has proudly served a global list of clients in the upstream and industrial oil and gas industries, providing leading edge safety consulting, equipment, training/on-boarding, and on-site personnel. United Safety has and continues to play a leading role in developing and improving industry standards of workplace safety to ensure oil and gas operations are safe for both the workforce and for the public.
United Safety has the infrastructure, global scope and entrepreneurial culture that are needed to market, sell, and help implement the SafePath™ process worldwide.
The SafePath™ process:
- Conceptualizes a more effective risk management process that delivers improved outcomes in risk management and worker safety
- Utilizes highly integrated operational risk management software solutions and safety specialists to overwhelm the shortcomingsof traditional safety systems
- Sustains meaningful change through demonstration of business value
- Helps both short and long-term on-site implementation of safety program improvements
United Safety will be providing assistance where necessary on the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) pilot project; “Rationalizing Contractor/Partner Management Relationship” with Pragmatic Solutions acting as Project Managers.
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United Safety‘s New Risk Management Services Division Poised for Explosive Growth
Risk management industry expert Allen Duke to spearhead United Safety’s new Risk Management Services division
08 July 2011 – United Safety Limited launched a new Risk Management Services Division earlier this year and with it, the innovative SafePath Process ™. The team running the division has already been providing risk management solutions for 20+ years: they are true experts in their field.
Getting into risk management was a perfect fit for United Safety, a leader in H2S protection equipment and safety services for the oil and gas industry. Customers dealing with the safety company can rest assured they are getting the best advice on how to navigate the complex world of risk management because industry expert Allen Duke, known as the driving force behind the highly successful Boots and Coots risk management team, is heading up the new USL Risk Management Services division as Vice President and General Manager of Risk Management. Allen has brought with him a dynamic team of risk management experts who have hit the ground running using the highly effective and consultative SafePath Process ™ to help demystify ways of improving and implementing change for customers’ existing risk management plans.
Importance of a Current HAZID
Duke’s team of risk management specialists recommend that, at a minimum, companies revisit their risk management plan either every 5 years or whenever there is a process change or an influx of new staff or contractors working on site.
The United Safety RMS division consists of a management team and system that analyzes the effectiveness of an existing safety management system, how it is being practiced on the ground and what the company’s safety goals are. From there a plan is developed to bridge the gap, and collaboration with both customer office staff and field personnel occurs throughout implementation.
“Too many safety plans are created but never correctly implemented in the field” says Yves Matson, Marketing Director.
“Those who implement risk management policies need their staff to not only comply but more importantly, adopt the culture of that safety management system despite the continuous evolution of their business.” Allen Duke adds, “RMS involves more than dropping off policy manuals. Risk management is not evergreen. Too often we see a divorce between the plan and the implementation both initially and over the long run. SafePath ensures you have the right equipment, infrastructure and properly trained people in place both during implementation and for the long term cyclical reviews that improve it over time.”
Matson says the organization strives to educate their customers on best practices learned throughout their global company and that unlike most other risk management consultants who favor a wholesale replacement of risk management systems, United Safety’s approach is to improve existing RMS plans rather than starting from scratch. This approach is less costly, and a faster path to producing positive results. He says that more importantly, because there is a high turnover of projects, staff and contractors in the oil and gas industry, a system that improves what you have while conditions change brings a needed flexibility to an industry that is increasingly focused on risk management as a major priority.
Duke adds: “No safety management system is perfect unless a business is static. If your risk management system isn’t a dynamic and evolving program, it won’t work.” He states that according to United Safety’s research, 88% of accidents are related to poor risk management and companies need to do more than document policies. “They need to embed a true risk management culture in their business, implement policy effectively at the site, track key performance indicators and effectively analyze those indicators as a catalyst to further improving policy. It often takes a third party to help them make that happen.”
Why United Safety’s SafePath Process™?
United Safety's SafePath Process™ was developed as an office to site, or “Suits to Boots”, framework. It doesn’t replace existing risk management systems. Rather, it respects a company’s corporate culture delivering a holistic, long-term risk management approach that includes risk modeling, incident investigation, process safety, workplace safety implementations, management systems and technical safety personnel to help clients with all facets of implementation and ongoing compliance.
For a more comprehensive look at integrated risk management, view a recorded webinar by Allen Duke here: www.UnitedSafety.net/events-Integrated-Risk-Management-Webinar.html and learn more about Risk Management Service offerings at www.UnitedSafety.net/safe-path.html.
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United Safety Launches U.S. Division:
United Shutdown Safety
01 June 2010 - Recognized throughout the world as a leader in providing equipment, technology, and solutions for shutdown safety, United Safety recently opened its first U.S. facility in Deer Park, Texas. United currently operates in major industrial centers in nine different countries, and has plans for continued expansion. Deer Park was chosen for the U.S. headquarters due to the density of refineries and chemical processors, access to the Port of Houston and to Houston’s international customer base. The new U.S. division is aptly named United Shutdown Safety. Lee Whittaker, founder and CEO of United Safety said, “Over the past 24 years United Safety has evolved to become tightly focused on turnaround and shutdown safety initiatives. We felt the addition of ‘shutdown’ to the name in the United States more closely defined our area of expertise and concentration.”
United Shutdown Safety is providing equipment and personnel to ensure that the work force and public remain safe. They are known throughout the industry as being at the forefront of industrial safety technology with the highest quality equipment, including breathing air systems, gas detection systems and innovative services for customers engaged in work that requires multidisciplined contract work forces. The company places a strong emphasis on training and its on-site supervisors are some of the most qualified in the industry, with extensive training in immediately dangerous to life or health environments. Whittaker said, “We are known for assisting customers with safety monitoring, disaster prevention and standby/rescue, but we meet all customer safety challenges with a rapid response and solutions.”
A lot of companies use the term “customer focused” in their marketing efforts, but United Safety has woven the words into the fabric of its corporate culture. “Every employee, from the top down, is a customer service rep at United Safety,” said Whittaker. “Being agile, having the ability to respond quickly to whatever the customer requires, remaining focused on the solution and not getting bogged down with the business details, consistently delivering the same high level of service and reliable equipment: these qualities are engrained into our employees from day one and always will be. We’ll never sacrifice value for the sake of growth.”
United Safety's goal in the United States is to provide additional value for customers through efficiency gains. The U.S. division will be placing a strong emphasis on maximizing tool time, providing metrics for improved turnaround schedules, and eliminating lost equipment back-charges and charges for air. United Shutdown Safety is open and ready to partner with U.S. customers.