November 2012

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Relief valve and flare action items: What plant engineers should know

This article can help the plant engineer review the concerns developed by the design engineer. Implementing field modifications without performing such a review is costly and exposes a facility to unjustified risks.

Smith, D., Smith & Burgess LLC; Burgess, J., Smith and Burgess LLC

When most companies implement the process safety management standard, they routinely or periodically review the relief systems and flare systems design bases to ensure compliance with corporate, industry and/or government standards, hereafter referred to as Recognized And Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP). To mitigate concerns before implementing projects, it is advisable for plant engineers to consider several items when reviewing a concerns list: Relief systems review methodology Relief systems review priorities The process designer’s familiarity with the process and/or plant when concerns are being reviewed The plant engineer’s understanding of the

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