Hazop - What is a HAZOP ?
HAZOP is an abbreviation for HAZard and OPerability analysis. It is a hazard identification technique used by a team for the systematic examination of a process or operation. It considers what deviations from the design intention can occur, the causes and the consequences. If the consequences are safety related then action must be taken, to eliminate or minimise the risk.
Benefits of a HAZOP
- Safer plant
- Greater process efficiency
- Systematic Approach exposes hidden hazards
- Helps the understanding of how a plant works and identifies operating problems
- Can lead to fewer start-up problems on major projects
- Can lead to valuable time saving
HAZOP is a technique employed to ensure compliance with the OSHA Process Safety Regulations as well as the EPA`s Risk Management Programme (RMP). It is a method of risk analysis to ensure that all precautions have been put in place to render a process as safe as is reasonably practicable.
Services provided by CMSE
CMSE consultants can act as competent persons to carry out an effective HAZOP analysis. Our consultants can provide an effective Hazard and Operability Analysis by acting as:
- Process Safety Expertise
- HAZOP Chair
- HAZOP Secretary
- Process safety review and support
- Chemical safety support
Additional Process Safety Services:
Fault Tree Analysis
Fault Tree Analysis is a structured technique which looks at top level hazards in terms of lower level hazards. It is a powerful design tool used to insure that production objectives are met.
Event Tree Analysis
Event Tree Analysis complements Fault Tree Analysis. Event Tree Analysis starts with a hazard, but instead of working backwards as in the Fault Tree, it works forward and describes all the possible events as a result of this hazard and so identify the event sequences that could lead to a variety of possible consequences.
Structured What If Technique (SWIFT)
The SWIFT is a systematic team-oriented technique for hazard identification. As the name suggests the technique looks at possible failure mechanisms for equipment or processes by asking the “What if?” question.
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