Process Safety in the Future – A View from Chemistry
This paper advances the thesis that a complete assessment of the chemical process safety must be founded on specific chemical hazards data. Usually, these data can only be obtained from appropriately designed experiments using the correct testing techniques. The basis of safety and the window of safe operations arise from the relevant process safety data.
Our experience with the chemical processing industry (CPI) has shown that the PSM elements Safety Information, Process Hazards Analysis, and Operating Procedures may be documented without adequate hazards test data for the covered process. The information is often qualitative; it may be taken from inappropriate laboratory data, and may not address the specific process deviation or worst-case situation(s). This lack of hazards test data represents an information void that tabletop or literature process hazard analyses alone cannot fill.