Corporate directives and regulatory actions based on recent incidents have increased the level of detail expected in PHAs, requiring significantly more thorough analysis than what was done in the past. Key assumptions that were once common now require significant justification. To ensure capital is allocated across the organization to the highest risk items, organizations are now applying semi-quantitative methods to categorize deviations (e.g. LOPA). Furthermore, with the costs of the corrective action ballooning, significantly more emphasis has been placed on the PHA process.
Our PHA facilitators are proficient at hazard identification and risk determination using standard recognised tools e.g. HAZID, HAZOP, LOPA, BowTie, HTA, FTA, STEP, FMEA and RCA etc. They have experience across a range of industries and operations throughout the globe. We guarantee to provide our clients with a thorough detailed analysis with accompanying realistic recommendations. We provideProcess Hazard Analysis services from full PHA program development at a project level down to small HAZID studies for management of change facilitation
We are pioneering the use of Visual HAZOP as an efficient and cost effective solution to the requirement to review HAZOP studies every 5 years on established COMAH sites. The first step of this approach involves assessing all site hazards and major accident consequences through a process of identifying any credible threat that has the potential to cause a loss of control of the Hazard. The second step is to determine any control that has been put in place to either prevent such a loss or mitigate against its worst effects. The next step is to define each control and assign an owner to each of them. The next step is to identify those controls that are most important to preventing a loss of control and are at the same time most vulnerable if a demand for them were to arise. The final step is to put in place a system to evaluate ongoing the condition of these Critical to Process Safety controls so as to provide early warning signs that will trigger rapid responses and so avoid costly major accident events.
Process Safety Management - Key Performance Indicators
Is your PSM system set up to manage the integrity of critical process safeguards (CPS)?
At HRS we work with our clients to put in place a methodology that detects loss of integrity within PSM systems, specifically loss of integrity of process safety critical risk control measures that they rely on to maintain control of those major Hazards that businesses are built around.
In the context of aging plant and controls, at HRS we believe it is vitally important to ensure the integrity of Process Safety Critical (PSC) Safeguards particularly PSC interlocks and to have early warning indicators informing organisations of the need to take remedial action. However, in complex processes, this is often very challenging and difficult to achieve. At HRS our methodologysimplifies what is a technically difficult and abstract process.
Our goal is to work with our clients to help promote the movement to process centred PSM KPIs. We believe our process focused indicators will act as an early warning system to senior management by providing them with relevant, easy to understand and reliable data concerning the loss of integrity of Critical Process Safeguards.
Our methodology highlights a loss of integrity to a CPS, we believe it is the current best practice to determine PSM KPIs. Our approach is to work with your organisation to help them to apply it to generate relevant, easily understandable and reliable data. This data, provided it is acted on, will promote corrective actions as a loss of integrity to a CPS arises. Crucially, this will reduce the likelihood of a loss of control of the Hazard that would otherwise lead to an undesirable outcome.
Just because the organisation responsible for the management of a hazardous site has a Process Safety Management system in place that meetsthe legal requirements, it does not necessarily follow that they are in control of all the Hazards on siteat all times.
We believe it is vitally important that your organisation never gets complacent when it comes to Process Safety. We believe that the most important element of any PSM system is to maintain the focus of the organisation on “Maintaining Control of the Hazard Always”.
Hazards, never take a day off. They are present all the time. They remain hazardous, whether you are managing them and in control of them or you are not. Our structured approach involves deploying a set of principles and auditing your systems against them to determine your Organisation’s level of control.
Working with Bow-Tie XP software and your team, we identify those threats that could cause a loss of control of the Hazard.We define the Preventative and Mitigating safety barriers and evaluate them to determine the most critical barriers from a process safety perspective. This is how a set of process centred indicators - PSM KPIs are developed. The associated data set, tracks specific critical control measures, that are maintaining control of the Hazard. Data is compiled and reviewed ongoing and non-conformances are used to trigger early intervention and therefore re-instate the integrity of critical process safeguards.