Managing Process Risk

Investing in new process equipment can pose new challenges when it comes to managing risk – RPS was approached by a leading synthetic diamond company to support the proposed introduction of a new synthetic diamond acid cleaning process. RPS managed and facilitated the initial high level HAZID and subsequent detailed HAZOP studies ensuring all stakeholders understood their responsibilities.

Identification and understanding hazards associated with new process equipment is of paramount importance, therefore in keeping with the traditional hazard identification steps during a project life cycle RPS provided guidance and facilitation for two hazard studies. The initial HAZID study team (comprising the design team and end user representatives) provided an excellent opportunity to review the proposed design whilst considering installation and service requirements. The team were supplied with HAZID recommendations the day after the session to ensure they could progress with the project. The full report then followed shortly afterwards.

The HAZOP study was conducted three weeks after the HAZID, thus ensuring the design house had sufficient time to implement design modifications as dictated by the HAZID. Once again the HAZOP recommendations generated were provided in a timely manner to ensure no delays were incurred by the project team. The recommendations developed not only considered the new process equipment design but they also highlighted site requirements, thus ensuring the appropriate provisions are in place for delivery of the new equipment (i.e. adequate services including: electrical supply, local exhaust ventilation, drainage and training for operators). RPS always aims to ensure that recommendations are ‘standalone’ meaning they are practical and realistic to implement.