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Why SIL is the best thing that has happened to process safety – and why it needs to go further 30 March 2019

By continuously monitoring critical parameters, instruments can highlight potentially dangerous conditions and ensure that processes are safely shut down. For this reason, instruments need to offer maximum protection against unsafe events escalating into dangerous failures. One way to ensure this is to select SIL-rated instruments. In this Q&A, David Bowers of ABB explains more about SIL and its impact on process safety. ...

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Best practice for good DSEAR documentation 19 February 2019

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002 are concerned with protection of personnel against risks from fire, explosion and similar events arising from dangerous substances used or present in the workplace. The Regulations have been in force for a decade and a half, and yet many operating companies are still unsure whether they are fully meeting the requirements for compliance. ...

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How to speed up retrospective HAZOPs whilst achieving effective risk reduction 15 August 2018

This article by Graeme Ellis of ABB describes an approach for retrospective hazard reviews on existing facilities that combines Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Studies  and Process Hazard Review (PHR) in a flexible and efficient manner, optimising the time required for busy operations-based teams....

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Bow-Tie Diagrams in the process industries 16 July 2018

Within the process industries Bow-Tie diagrams are becoming increasingly popular as a means of displaying hazards, consequences and the barriers, which prevent realisation of the hazard and mitigate the consequence. In this article, John Martin of ABB explains the background to barrier management, the uses and benefits of Bow-Tie diagrams and methods to ensure they are as useful as possible in whatever hazardous cenario they are employed. ...

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Why it pays to focus on functional safety management 13 March 2018

Quite apart from any moral considerations, skimping on lifecycle safety requirements can be an expensive mistake, say John Walkington of ABB. The right functional safety product and management systems focus can deliver long-term security and a lower life-time cost.  ...

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ABB highly commended in joint award for work on decommissioning of oil and gas facilities 10 November 2017

ABB was Highly Commended in the Team Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2017 for its work leading the Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop safety case guidance and technology solutions for end of life and decommissioning of offshore facilities....

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New ABB handbook helps make industrial temperature measurement easy 17 October 2017

ABB has released a new in-depth handbook explaining how to maximise temperature measurement accuracy in industrial applications. Titled ‘Industrial temperature measurement: Basics and practice’, the handbook provides a detailed explanation of the key areas that users need to consider when implementing and operating temperature measurement technology. ...

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Barrier Management in the process industries 21 November 2016

The process industries operate with inventories of materials which are often large as well as flammable or toxic; furthermore operation at high temperature and pressure is common. ABB consultant John Martin highlights the importance of identifying how hazards may lead to harm and ensuring barriers are in place to prevent realisation of the hazard and mitigate the consequences....

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What constitutes good operation and maintenance of a SIS? 20 September 2016

Are your operations and maintenance requirements correctly balancing the need for profitability with good safety? Effective SIS inspection and proof testing should confirm the correct operation of the sensing element(s) through the logic solver to the actuating devices. Where applicable, safety instrumented function (SIF) testing should also consider the logical voted paths between the various safety elements of the SIF to ensure all channels are tested.

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Why do you need a compliant Functional Safety Management System? 13 September 2016

Does your existing Functional Safety Management System meet with the requirements of industry good practice or are there any gaps? Recent high profile incidents and accidents have highlighted the need to ensure that installed layers of protection on hazardous installations meet required reliability and safety integrity requirements. This means operators linking hazard analysis with credible layers of protection, including safety instrumented systems....