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Are your facilities exposed to high risk? An HF Alkylation Case Study

Many processing facilities are unaware that their PHA may not capture the correct risks comprehensively. At the end of the day, the money and effort spent on a PHA still may not obtain an effective risk reduction in their facilities.

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PHA data quality - mining the hidden risks

 There is growing concern among owners/operators regarding the quality and consistency in the Process Hazard Analyses (PHA) of their facilities. When a PHA is conducted, whether through an internal or contracted facilitator, there can be a strong influence on the data from many factors. These factors affect the integrity of the data and, can lead to increased risk exposures in the facility.

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How to Prioritize Safeguards When They Are All Critical

With the industry norm of budget constraints and the continuous effort of trying to do more with less, the ability to correctly prioritize work has become increasingly critical.  This becomes especially important when it relates to risk-reducing Safeguards and the prioritization of Safeguards for maintenance.  With a growing list of equipment and corresponding Safeguards, the ability to stay on top of maintenance prioritization can be significantly impacted. This can lead to critical Safeguards having delayed or missed maintenance, and in turn lead to unintended and significant risk exposure.

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Managing Double Jeopardy in Process Hazards Analysis

The majority of previous process incidents are the result of multiple failures as they involve a latent failure or are caused by a common mode of failure. It is crucial that multiple failure causes are carefully considered before being excluded from analysis. To make sure that all credible scenarios are identified, PHA participants need to clearly understand the concept of double jeopardy and when to apply it correctly.

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Getting more out of your PHA with data analytics

By improving the way PHA data are analyzed, using data analytics, additional insight is generated that is typically hidden, or not considered, when traditional PHA approaches are followed. These insights include more intuitive identification of critical safeguards (barriers), better prioritization of recommendations from a cumulative risk perspective, and visual aids to improve awareness and communication of risk drivers to operational staff and decision makers.

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Practical Risk Management in Unprecedented Times

Focusing on Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) reports specifically, although common framework and guidewords are followed, for the most part universally, it is still difficult for someone with fresh eyes to pick up a report, read it and know what is important.

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Democratizing PHA Data at the Plant

Process Hazard Assessment (PHA) studies such as HAZOPs, are designed to leverage the collective thinking of an experienced, multi-disciplinary team (e.g. 5 to 10 people) to uncover risks in a facility.

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Combating Audit Fatigue with Safeguard Analytics

Many companies build comprehensive Safety Critical Equipment lists that document all of their important mechanized and automated safeguards/Independent Protection Layers.

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Millennial Strategies to Capture Baby-boomer Knowledge

Focusing on Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) reports specifically, although common framework and guidewords are followed, for the most part universally, it is still difficult for someone with fresh eyes to pick up a report, read it and know what is important.

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