May 2021

Environment and Safety

Quantum leap in chemical plant safety and reliability through mobile technology

The human factor has played a significant role in chemical plant accidents and production loss incidents over the past 60 yr.

Murugan, A., Fitiri; Pattabathula, V., SVP Chemical Plant Services

The human factor has played a significant role in chemical plant accidents and production loss incidents over the past 60 yr. Process equipment design, fabrication, metallurgy and control systems have improved significantly within this time frame. The human factor might be the most critical element in safe chemical plant operations. The authors have identified certain critical plant activities where mobile technologies can advance human-machine interaction, thus improving plant safety and productivity. Activities dependent on human factors (such as operator rounds, routine and non-routine tasks, and plant emergencies) can be handled effectively with mobile technology. A proprietary plant m

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