Companies with hazardous installations should identify the hazards and asses the risks of their installations and equipment. To this end, a company must periodically inventory and evaluate the risks when working with hazardous installations.
This risk identification (or hazard identification) can be carried out by means of a HAZOP study, whereby the risk assessment can be carried out, for example, using LOPA. Such safety studies should be periodically updated.
There are several methods of performing a hazard identification. This includes:
- HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Study)
- SWIFT (Structured What-If Technique)
- FMEA (Failure Mode Effect Analysis)
These methods all involve structured and systematic brainstorming techniques in which a multidisciplinary team tries to identify the dangers of a factory or installation.
Risk assessment, risk analysis, risk management or risk evaluation concerns the quantification of risks, for example originating from a hazard identification (like HAZOP). Usually the potential consequences of a hazard are compared with the probability of occurrence: Risk = Probability x Consequence.
There are several methods for performing a risk assessment, for example:
Nowadays, the LOPA method is often used to assess risks. The combination of HAZOP and LOPA is a powerful tool for identifying the hazards of an installation and then controlling the risks.
Consiltant provides experienced and skilled HAZOP / LOPA chairpersons, who together have led many hundreds of session days. Our employees can guide you through the entire process.
We have conducted safety studies for, among others:
- Chemical industry
- Oil and gas, production and storage companies
- Utility industry
- Food industry
- Car industry
- Rail infrastructure