The Art of Working Properly
Safepark believes, that process safety is the art of working properly. Working properly means taking a scientific approach to solving your health, safety and environmental (HSE) challenges. Art is finding a common sense basis in your company culture to achieve the ultimate goal of process safety: That everyone are certain to return to loved ones at the end of a workday.
Needless killing of many people
WSJ reports death toll rises to 85 people
Oil industry image suffering - ones again!
Post Date Jan 20, 2019 10:40 AM
The Guardian reports, that more than 70 people were killed and more than 70 people injured in the explosion at a Pemex pipeline in Mexico. Appearantly fuel theft is a major problem in Mexico, and the people don't understand that it is extrimely dangerous to get covered in liquid fuel, which happened to many people while they were stealing petrol from a leaking pipeline. There is speculation, that in this event the thives actually cut holes in the pipeline.
Pipelines are difficult to protect as they run through uninhabited areas for many miles, and often are not burried. However, it appeas the Pemex - and not just the Mexican government - has a major educational need to educate the general public about the dangers of cutting holes in pipelines and stealing the content.
Unfortunately this is another nail in the coffin of the oil industry, which I years ago were very proud to work in. The negative effect of an explosion like this one goes beyond the company involved. It has impact on the whole industry, and especially the construction of new piplines, which are otherwise one of the safest ways to transport liquid fuel over large distances. It also seems the many negative events at Pemex during the past ten years indicate, that process safety is an afterthought in that company. So I think the question is how can industry internationally ensure companies make pipeline safety a priority?
Source: The Guardian.
Teaching process safety / risk assessment in general, and in particular the use of tools such as Dow's Chemical Exposure Index and Dow's Fire & Explosion Index and the knowledge needed to properly apply these tools in decisions related to plant location as well as distance from vulnerable populations. Other topics included depending on length of course could be HAZOP at different stages of process design and how to create a plant layout that avoid domino effects (land is cheap compared to cost of large emergencies).
Length of course needed to give participant the necessary competency depends on their background, e.g. chemical engineering or operations, etc, and naturally your company needs.
Within process safety review either during FEED or later in your project we can provide an extra pair of eyes and ears to facility your teams progress on the project. We come from a background, where a candidates process safety attitude was already assessed during the very first job interview. Safepark also have experience with basic control system configuration of both chemical and biochemical facilities. In general we take a functional goal-means oriented approach to problem solution.
Special services are Functional Hazard and Operability Studies: How to prepare for them, how to run them and how to follow up on them, or improved annunciator panel layout by looking at layout of the panel compared with the functional relations among the alarms, so the logical structure of your plant is reflected in the annunciator panel layout, or review of your control room layout in close collaboration with your operators in order to achieve a more efficient work environment.
Graphics Design Services - Cards, flyers and posters
A4 and/or A3 posters or post-cards for your safety event using open source tools such as Scribus and/or LibreOffice. Our Scribus design includes bleeds and printing margins, which allow your local print shop to create print to edge for a professional look. Teaching you or your employee to elementary principles of poster design using Scribus in order to provide ready to print material for your local print shop. Or since we are using open source tools you can create you own setup by downloading the latest version of Scribus from your Linux repository or here. Note, that your official Linux distro repository could be one or two version behind the official Scribus website.
These are samples of events posters Safepark have created for local church events. In most cases these posters involve just an hour of design. Printing will be additional expense.
These examples are in Danish.
From the summer of 2008 until early 2018 Safepark has been part of a group encouraging developments in Multilevel Flow Modeling (MFM), which is a rule base technology for modelling industrial plants for reasoning about their states. Your can read more about MFM on mfm.safepark.dk (not yet converted to New Google Sites). We have published papers about use of MFM during a HAZOP study and about MFM usage in alarm design and response to alarms. Some of the most read of these are featured below.
Two of the potential uses of MFM is in HAZOP analysis and in alarm design, as described in the articles below. However, MFM is not limited to be used in such operational tasks, but could also profitably be used in the development of a chemical plant design, from concept to start-up.