Taking a holistic approach to process safety

Process safety refers to the comprehensive measures taken to minimize risks and hazards in industrial processes, ensuring that they run reliably and without accidents or incidents.

By Control Engineering Europe September 30, 2023
Courtesy: Pepperl+Fuchs, CFE Media's New Products for Engineers Database

Process safety holds high priority for organizations in particular in industries such as chemical, petrochemical, energy generation, offshore, oil/gas and pharmaceuticals where incidents or failures can endanger human lives and harm the environment in addition to resulting in significant financial losses.

Hasan Sülük, head of safety services at Pepperl+Fuchs, pointed out that process safety addresses various aspects, including the identification of potential hazards, risk management, the use of safety systems, and personnel training. Additionally, modern technologies and instruments are employed to improve safety, such as automated monitoring systems, alarm systems, and safety barriers – such as intrinsically safe barriers.

He said: “Special attention needs to be given to international norms and standards that must be adhered to concerning process safety to promote a strong safety culture. Compliance with such standards can help minimize the risk of accidents while enhancing process efficiency and productivity. The significance of a holistic approach to process safety cannot be over emphasized. It is crucial for companies to recognize the need for continuous improvement and regular review of safety measures to ensure the safety of their facilities and employees while optimizing operations.”

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