Hazard identification normally involves a structured process for eliciting the potential problems with a system or operation. Sotera personnel are experienced at selecting and applying appropriate Hazid techniques, such as FME(C)A, HAZOP, PHA, etc.
Two examples of Sotera's principles for success are:
- Ensuring that the system, or process, is scrutinised from a range of perspectives by experts that have diverse backgrounds. For example, introducing a new safe cess by the side of the railway may seem a big step to improving staff safety, but it is important that existing structures and foundations such as cuttings are not compromised by necessary excavation. This demonstrates the need to involve an interdisciplinary team of experts; Sotera can work with your organization to help develop a concise, accurate but comprehensive description of the system or operation and investigate where hazards are likely to evolve and the mitigation measures necessary to manage them.
- Throughout the hazard identification process, Sotera will work to ensure that the team based workshops focus on risk reduction mechanisms (prevention, control and mitigation) that are or will be in place, their weaknesses an possible improvements. For example, when identifying the hazards of an existing LPG storage facility, it is essential to note all existing protection measures, so that a subsequent risk assessment can determine whether such measures ensure that the risk is as low a s reasonably practicable (ALARP) or is future measures are necessary.