Process Safety

CMSE is a leading provider of Process Safety Services to many clients nationwide. Our consultants are chemical engineers of many years standing and provide advice, training and practical process safety solutions. Our Engineers will identify the hazard and assess the risks within your process and then specify the protective measures needed to either reduce the exposure or contain the hazard fully.

CMSE carry out various hazard identification processes such as Hazop, Hazan, Fault Tree Analysis, Event Tree Analysis, Structured What If Techniques (SWIFT), etc. We also support the identification of critical equipment now requested by many HSA inspectors on routine site visits.

The main technique used by clients for process safety hazard identification is Hazop. CMSE provide a tailor made two day training course for hazop attendees. We also provide experts to chair your Hazop, or Hazop scribes to record the results or expert Hazop attendees to enhance the hazard identification process and to ensure that controls are neither too weak or too onerous and impractical.


Irish Legislation

HAZOP is a technique employed to ensure compliance with the OHSA 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.

CMSE Services

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

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

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 identifies the event sequences that could lead to a variety of possible consequences.

Structured What If Techniques (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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