October 2018

Special Focus: Plant Safety and Environment

Integrating fire and gas safety with process control systems: Why, what and how

If a fire, smoke or gas leak is detected in a hydrocarbon processing facility, prescriptive actions must be taken by the fire and gas (F&G) safety system, as well as by the process control system (PCS), to mitigate and control the hazard.

Crosley, B., Indgjer, M., Det-Tronics

If a fire, smoke or gas leak is detected in a hydrocarbon processing facility, prescriptive actions must be taken by the fire and gas (F&G) safety system, as well as by the process control system (PCS), to mitigate and control the hazard. Using a certified, documented F&G safety system that can communicate appropriate messages to the PCS during an event is vital to the safety of a facility and its occupants. However, specifying and integrating these two systems are not simple matters (FIG. 1). FIG. 1. A properly designed and certified F&G safety system provides information to the PCS to enable operations to consider both process and environmental co

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