April 2009

Special Report: Achema 2009/ Petrochemical Developments

Reevaluate your process safety systems for hazardous material storage

How safe is 'safe enough' when it comes to managing potentially risky processes in chemical plants?

Nair, M. P. Sukumaran, Special Secretary to Government of Kerala, and Chairman, Chemical Engineering Division Board of the Institution of Engineers

Much public concern exists over hazardous material bulk storages at vulnerable locations. This concern has grown into alarming proportions after the "Bhopal" incident. Considerable improvements have occurred in almost all aspects of the design, construction, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting, risk assessment and mitigation from bulk storage units. By applying inherent safety methods in conjunction with modern instrumentation and renewed operating philosophy, these units now operate under a higher degree of safety and reliability. Response plans. Competent emergency management and response plans are also in place to handle emergency situations that may arise under the remotest prob

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