May 2009

Safety/Loss Prevention

Facility siting—balancing risk vs. cost

Companies should take a second look at identifying and analyzing hazards associated with temporary buildings

Walker, B. A., Brad Adams Walker Architecture, P.C.

Previously, safety issues were considered to have little direct added value. The economic benefits of implementing safety are hard to measure. As a result of the British Petroleum (BP) explosions, the petrochemical industry recognized that it must do more to ensure that refinery employees are safe. But safety comes at a price, and the safety costs must be weighed against consequence costs. Facility siting—the process of identifying hazards in a refinery, assessing the potential consequences of those hazards and managing the risks of those hazards—provides refineries with the information they need to better balance risk and cost. REGULATING RISK Anywhere there are flammable or e

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