By Amy Theis, Director of Risk Management Services and AnnMarie Fauske, Customer Outreach and Digital Media Manager, Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI)
Process safety focuses on preventing fires, explosions and accidental chemical releases in chemical process facilities or other facilities dealing with hazardous materials such as refineries, and oil and gas facilities. Traditionally, process safety has been implemented through OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) of potentially hazardous chemicals. The purpose of PSM is to prevent or minimize catastrophic loss of primary containment events such as the release toxic, reactive, flammable, or explosive chemicals that could result in
The key component to implementing an effective PSM program is appropriate hazard identification which utilizes the process safety information (PSI) piece of PSM. The process should be reviewed to identify hazards associated with the following:
Chemicals should be evaluated to identify:
Toxicity information –
Process technology should be evaluated to identify:
Process equipment should be evaluated to identify:
This information is all used together to support the Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) effort and make the study as effective as possible to identify hazards associated with the process.
If there are gaps in the information needed in order to characterize material for flammability parameters, desired reactive chemistry, potential unwanted reactions, decomposition reactions or combustible dust characeristics, extensive laboratories such as Fauske & Associates (FAI) have capabilities to meet those needs. A full service lab also has subject matter experts in flammability, combustible dust and reactive chemicals in order to be able to guide the discussion and/or facilitate the PHA study.
For more information regarding Process Safety, Process Hazards Analysis and other reactive chemical safety topics, please contact Amy Theis, Director of Risk Management Services, Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI), 630-887-5211, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fauske.com