Risk Based Process Safety Program in R & D Facility Source: CCPS - Center for Chemical Process Safety Type: Conference PresentationConference Type: AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety Presentation Date: April 12, 2016 Duration: 30 minutes Skill Level: Intermediate PDHs: 0.50 Share This Post: Research & Development facility comprises of pilot plants & laboratories which are designed & constructed to perform new experiments/advancement processes to investigate the critical aspects of process, which will be replicated into the commercial Processes/plants. There may be a general perception that the R & D facilities are less hazardous, safer than the commercial plant & they don’t require the same precautions/safety management systems as commercial plants. However with the new, unknown & changing technology, numerous unknown chemicals, less information about the material & processes, frequent modifications for experiments, lack of waste characterization, limited automatic safety interlocks make R & D, a complex system. This complexity & Flexibility in R & D leads to significant hazard potential that can cause injuries, fatalities, property damages & environment excursions. Therefore it is a very challenging task for R & D organizations to develop a comprehensive & standardized set of Process safety program covering all potential scenarios which may lead to process safety incidents. This paper attempts to provide a risk based process safety program for R & D facilities based on its four pillars which certainly helps to understand the potential Hazards & their identification, assessment & mitigation pathway in R & D Facility which are mentioned below, Commitment to Process safety. Management commitment towards Process Safety Operation consistent with Standards & Procedures Employee involvement Understanding of Hazard & Risk. Design safety Review Hazard Identification & Assessment Process Information/knowledge Managing risk. Safe Work Practices & Operating Procedures Management of Change Emergency Response Planning & Management Training & Performance Assurance Learning from the past incidents. Incident Investigations Learning from past incidents Auditing Management review Risk Based Process Safety Program is providing the structured, strategic, Functional & Technical baseline to R & D Facility to achieve sustainable safety. Copyright © American Institute of Chemical Engineers. All rights reserved.