Risk Assessment and Development of Accident Scenario for Low-Pressure Hydrogen Facilities
- Conference: AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
- Year: 2016
- Proceeding: 2016 AIChE Spring Meeting and 12th Global Congress on Process Safety
- Group: Global Congress on Process Safety
- Time: Monday, April 11, 2016 - 5:00pm-7:00pm
Also, there is a lot of emphasis on doing high quality technical studies and quantitative process hazards analysis but very little is done to follow up on implementing the recommendations and results of these studies. The operational risks are not reduced until the recommendations are actually implemented. So, despite significant amount of effort, the improvement in the effectiveness of PSM implementation is limited.
Learning from this experience, SCG Chemicals has adopted a practical, bi-focal approach that is driven with a specific purpose in mind — operational risk reduction. The short term focus was to address deviations from design intent and established procedures in the field. If these items are not addressed today, they can contribute to a potential catastrophic incident tomorrow. This enhanced operational discipline and prevented ‘normalization of deviations’. The longer term approach focuses on redoing structured PHAs and using the risk matrix to establish the levels of acceptable/unacceptable risks. Management decisions were made to address priority of the unacceptable risks with a rigorous follow up on implementing recommendations. This process has contributed to better outcomes in increased effectiveness of PSM while optimizing the money, time, and effort required. This paper will share the experience of SCG, along with DuPont as a partner, and the journey in implementing PSM effectively to reduce operational risks.