(95c) Systematic Approaches to Mitigate Hazards in the Design and Operation of Experimental Systems
- Conference: AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
- Year: 2018
- Proceeding: 2018 Spring Meeting and 14th Global Congress on Process Safety
- Group: Process Development Division
- Time: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:51am-11:09am
Recently, efforts in our Lab have centered upon the construction of a new experimental hydrogenation system for synthesizing a specialty chemical, during which attention has been directed towards identifying the potential hazards posed by the system, and the proposed experimentation, along with assessing the potential impact a failure could have. The process of identifying and assessing hazards was a critical first step in prioritizing which aspects of the system are in most need of attention. Once the most significant hazards had been determined and the design approach was established, the instrumentation and equipment available to address or mitigate the hazards were considered; such an evaluation was critical in working to design an inherently safer system. Finally, effort was devoted to implementing a data acquisition and control approach that allowed for reliable monitoring of the conditions of the system. Record keeping and documentation of the design process and operational details serves as an invaluable tool for sustainable safety of the process system.
With appropriate documentation of this process and its experimental system, and learning about safety practice protocols established in industry, these efforts are being used to develop practices within the Lab that will elevate work involving experimental process units to new levels of universal appreciation and application of safe design and operational procedures.
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