Control Engineering – How to Keep Process Facilities Safe

Figure 1: All of these layers are used to lower a facility’s risk.

Figure 1: All of these layers are used to lower a facility’s risk.

Proper safety management can be taken to minimize risk.
Modern industrial life has its rewards, but it also comes with risks. There is no such thing as absolute safety or zero risk. When major industry accidents happen, regulations often follow. In 1992, 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.119 “Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals” was released by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in the U.S., after several major process industry accidents. Other parts of the world have similar regulations. These regulations acknowledge that there is no such thing as zero risk, yet there are still expectations from companies to operate safely. How safe is safe enough?

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