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Hazard identification and risk assessment

Understanding the risks present in an operation is vital to managing them effectively, so this is one of the key areas of process safety management.   

There are many types of risk assessments and they are applied throughout the life cycle of a production process during conceptual studies, detailed design, before start up, during normal operation and importantly when any change impacting a process occurs.

There are a wide variety of risk assessments that we can carry out, but some of the most common are; HAZID and HAZOP studies, Process Hazard Reviews (PHR), LOPA studies, SIL studies, QRA, electrostatic hazards, fire and explosion studies, consequence modelling, human factors assessments, occupied building risk assessments. Many of these techniques can be applied to new projects and to existing operations. When applied to ongoing operations it is important to ensure that the learning from operations is fully considered.

A good risk assessment is thorough, to make sure that all real risks are identified, but also evaluates risks, to eliminate unreal risks and avoid consuming resource closing them out. A good risk assessment also specifies actions in a way that makes them efficient to close out appropriately.

We normally lead client teams in risk studies, using very experienced study leaders and can provide specialist inputs to the team. We can also train people to lead the studies and provide methodologies for doing this

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