Product stewardship is more essential today than ever before. Globally, stewardship initiatives, whether mandatory or voluntary, are emerging with regularity, and their significance should neither be ignored nor underestimated. Heres why.
Automating procedures within control systems can serve to make your operators more effective and more consistent. With studies showing more than 40% of all plant incidents stemming from some form of human error, it makes sense to give automation a larger role in day-to-day operations.
Stop fighting environmentalists and embrace them because its good for the planet and business. The challenge for the chemical industry is to win support in the court of public opinion before building or expansion plans run into trouble. And the key to that lies in a companys willingness to understand the complex and sometimes conflicting motives of opposition groups and to communicate effectively to all constituencies.
Users seeking appropriate process safety systems arent getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Heres how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.
Enhancing safety performance requires diligence and unrelenting effort. The Independent Safety Review Panels recently released report on the safety culture and practices at BPs U.S. refineries where a March 2005 explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas indicates similar failings are likely elsewhere in the industry. Learn what can be done to enhance continuous safety improvement.
There are two main drivers for partial stroking of valves in safety systems: the desire to extend manual test intervals to as long as possible; and to reduce the amount of redundant hardware required for higher safety integrity levels. Like most things in life, it all boils down to one thing: trying to save money.
Understanding the purpose of control and safety systems helps users ensure each is appropriately optimized. The duties of the SIS are to protect the people, environment and assets against unsafe conditions.
Angela Summers, PhD, PE, founder of SIS-TECH Solutions