How to apply risk analysis methodologies depending on process type

Deciding which risk analysis method to use depending on the type of installation is no easy task. The challenge is to apply the best method depending on the characteristics of the installation to bring down the amount of resource investment (time of those responsible), improve efficiency and above all, improve the detection of deviations that might give rise to incidents / accidents.

The key question that always arises when considering the need to carry out a risk analysis is which working method to use. There is a quote from Abraham Maslow that reflects this problem: “if your only tool is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail”.

TÜV SÜV Process Safety’s work is to study the characteristics of the installation and the process and assess the suitability of the different analysis methods, combining them to achieve an integrated analysis of the different processes to which the installation is subjected.

Frequently, the majority of professionals that make up the installation analysis group have not been involved in the analysis undertaken during the design stage of the installations. And if a new technology is involved, the analysis methods carried out are often not the most appropriate.
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Ramón Notario.
Process safety consultant at TÜV SÜD Process Safety

Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2016