October 2018

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Reliability: Defining process hazard analysis and loss control advisory tasks

The safety and reliability of fluid machinery has been the subject of hundreds of columns, books and articles over the past decades.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The safety and reliability of fluid machinery has been the subject of hundreds of columns, books and articles over the past decades. Two recent books and an article have stressed the importance of defining the role of machinery reliability professionals.1,2,3 All see fit to state that these professionals are not performing their jobs in a stand-alone role. In fact, they have, or should have, considerable involvement supporting other job functions in a petrochemical plant or oil refinery. They communicate and cooperate—two indispensable actions leading to the success of individuals and plants. Because equipment reliability engineering touches on and often overlaps the role of process hazard

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