Inherently Safer - The Designs of the Future?

AIChE Webinar
Originally delivered Jun 23, 2010

An inherently safer design is one that avoids hazards instead of controlling them, particularly by removing or reducing the amount of hazardous material or the number of hazardous operations. We should use inherently safer designs whenever they are reasonably practicable. When they are not reasonably practicable, passive safety equipment is better than active equipment. Inherently safer designs have not been adopted as rapidly as other process safety features and are often ignored in the recommendations made after accidents; the reasons are discussed in this session. Inherently safer designs are usually cheaper than conventional ones and are a lesser target for terrorists.

In this Webinar, we present an introduction to ISD, including the following topics:

• What is ISD?
• Examples of ISD
• The role of ISD in the overall management of process risks
• ISD conflicts and decision making
• ISD and US regulations – current and proposed
• How can I incorporate ISD into my process safety management program?

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Presenter(s): 

Dr. Trevor Kletz

After graduating in chemistry at Liverpool University, UK in 1944, Trevor Kletz joined Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) and spent eight years in research, sixteen in production management and the last fourteen as process safety adviser to the Petrochemicals Division.  In 1978 he was appointed an Industrial (part-time) Professor at Loughborough University, UK. On retiring from ICI in 1982, he joined the University full-time; in 1986 he became a visiting fellow and is now a visiting professor. He is also an adjunct professor at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M...

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