What are Hazard Studies?
Hazard Studies are a well proven method of identifying potential hazards and operability problems in both new and existing plants. Although many techniques exist, the most commonly used method is the Hazard and Operability Study – often referred to as the HAZOP Study. Through a structured 6 stage process, PM Group can help companies identify and resolve hazard scenarios that could adversely affect people, property or the environment.
Why are Hazard Studies Important?
Any person responsible for designing a new plant or modifying an existing one has a legal responsibility to ensure that the design is comprehensively examined to ensure all foreseeable risks are minimised and reduced to acceptable levels. Although ICI was one of the first companies to use Hazard Studies, their usage has been extended from the chemical industry into the petroleum, food, water, pharmaceutical, energy & environmental and other such industries where concerns over contamination are as much an issue as explosions or chemical releases. The main aims of Hazard Studies are to assist in the development of safer processes, ensure legal compliance, reduce business risk, reduce operating costs and ultimately generate increased efficiency and profitability.
How canPM Group help?
PM Group can advise on the selection of the appropriate studies to be conducted as well as the provision of Hazard Study Leaders for the study meetings themselves. Efficient studies on large projects in particular, have shown that it is often more time and cost effective to apply relevant Hazard Studies to selected parts of the plant/process rather than to follow an all encompassing programme. PM Group can assist in determining the extent of hazard studies required and the competency of the study teams.
PM Group’s Hazard Study Leaders are all Chartered Engineers professionally trained in Hazard Studies with a wide range of experience. PM Group assign Hazard Studies Leaders and provide appropriate mentoring and support according to the scale of potential hazards and the operational complexity of the plant being studied. This ensures fully effective and professionally led studies.