Inherent Safety Concepts for Chemical Industries
Inherent Safety is the main ingredient of Process Safety Management. Process Safety incidents can be best managed by taking care during the basic design phase of any project. For project life cycle, the concept of inherent safety will undergo a systematic Hazards and Effects Management Process to eliminate the hazards identified, substitute the hazards with those with less potential, isolate the hazards from receptors of risk, determine schemes for simplification, identify engineering controls and finally establish administrative controls and the use of personal protective equipment.
The inherent safety approach is all focused on early identification of hazards and then building the design to manage these hazards applying the above principles.
The IIChE, Baroda Regional Chapter took the initiative of organizing a one-day conference dedicated on “Inherent Safety Concepts for Chemical Industries”. This conference covered several important topics such as:
- Hazard Identification
- Consequence and Risk Analysis
- Barrier Based Risk Management
Bell Energy took the opportunity to discuss the various methods of implementing inherent safety during engineering phase of projects. Some of the key topic covered were:
- Material Selection
- Corrosion Prevention
- Mechanical Integrity
- Greenfield and Brownfield Development
- Layers of Protection Analysis
- Hazards & Effects Management Process
C. G. Kulkarni, Managing Director of Bell Energy also delivered a talk on “Process Safety at the Operate Phase”.
The conference was attended by various operating companies such as Indian Oil, Reliance Industries Limited, ONGC. EPC and Consultancies such as Larsen & Toubro, Linde also attended the event.