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Tips on communicating LOPA results to management

11.01.2011  |  Shah, G. C.,  Mustang Engineers, LP, Houston, Texas

Communicate clearly and explain thoroughly

Keywords: [layers of protection analysis] [LOPA] [risk] [PFD] [probability of failure on demand] [HAZOP] [Mustang Engineering ]

Although layers of protection analysis (LOPA) has often been used by safety professionals for risk assessment, some managers remain skeptical of its effectiveness. Usually, the skepticism stems from a lack of proper information (communicated to management) about LOPA. This skepticism is healthy and provides a fine opportunity to safety professionals to communicate safety to management. Consider the following incident:

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