April 2012


Apply audits to reexamine safety procedures

Recognizing distinctive vulnerabilities in various refinery units

Chakravorty, S. L., Oil Industry Safety Directorate

In the hydrocarbon industry’s early days, processes were relatively simple, and societal expectations regarding safety were low by current standards. With the development of newer process technologies, complexity increased while societal expectations for safety in all industrial activities also rose. Since accidental loss of containment can result in unacceptable process safety incidents such as fire, explosion or toxic release, a robust system for managing safety should be in place. Such a system should address safety vulnerabilities and employ focused safety audits that help identify physical conditions in need of corrective measures. Hazards. Refining is challenging because of the

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