All organisations have hazards or potential hazards, which are either known or unknown to the management of that organisation. The fundamental principal or any assessment whether it is safety, business or environmental is a formal, robust and comprehensive identification of the hazards and the escalation fault scenarios leading to the hazards associated with the operation, process, design or task in question becoming reality.
HazRes’ consultants have extensive experience in hazard identification techniques and can help your organisation to identify and understand the nature of those hazards and the risks that they confer. HazRes’ consultants come from numerous backgrounds including health & safety, operations, design, quality, projects and overall management and have direct knowledge and insight on how facilities and plants are designed, built, operated and managed safely.
HazRes has experienced personnel who can design, chair and scribe for Hazard Identification Studies. These studies are carried out on-site and where the plant is physically available or operational, include a site and process inspection and appreciation.
HazRes achieves this through the selection of the most suitable technique from a range of possible tools and methods to deliver key benefits to the client including enhanced safety, operability, efficiency, hazard awareness and increased process knowledge. The most common of these techniques include:
Hazard Identification (HAZID) Studies are an additional higher level stage of hazard identification, often based on hazard checklists that may be beneficial in certain types of project. A HAZID typically addresses the overall project, not only the process equipment
Site and Operation Walk-Throughs
In all hazard identification projects undertaken, HazRes insists on conducting a site facility and operational walk-through to fully appreciate; inspect and understand the system in question were permitted. This enables our experienced consultants to be conscious of other factors that have either been overlooked or not accounted by other facility based personnel and to talk to on-site operatives from numerous disciplines on their views towards potential hazards.Other Hazard Identification study techniques used by HazRes include, but not limited to:
- Event Tree Analysis (ETA)
- Failure Mode and Effects Analysis(FMEA)
- Failure Modes, Effects And Criticality Analysis (FMECA)
- Fault Tree Analysis (FTA)
- Hazard Checklists
- Human Reliability Analysis
- Predictive Human Error Analysis (PHEA)
- Preliminary Hazard Analysis (PHA)
- Previous Incident & Near Miss Analysis
- Task Analysis
- What if? Studies
Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Studies involves a systematic technique which exams and identifies hazards in each particular part of a design or modification to an existing plant. They can be undertaken at each stage of the design process, from concept through to detailed design, with the techniques tailored to the level of information available at each stage. The result of a HAZOP study is the identification of potential hazards and faults, the applicability of present safeguards, actions to implement and consider further safeguards which can provide the correct level hazard prevention or mitigation.
If you would like to know more about how HazRes can help and assist you and your organisation regarding hazard identification issues, please contact one of HazRes’ consultants for an information discussion on +44 (0) 845 838 2026.