The challenge

Embedding Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) aspects in the design of industrial installations requires an integrated approach. To ensure compliance with national and international laws and regulations, design rules and company guidelines, HSE requirements must be incorporated during different phases of the life cycle of an asset. Comprehensive knowledge of HSE is essential for full implementation of HSE aspects in any installation, including appropriate measures to control process safety hazards, such as chemical or physical reactions, high pressure or high temperature, and fire and explosion safety.

Our solution

Process safety management systems are used to manage operational complexity. They provide a mechanism for understanding and controlling the risks associated with processes. Our services can help you with key challenges such as; identify and address risks, alignment of system with strategic goals, management of change, setting up performance requirements and standards and continual improvement.

Process safety in design

Royal HaskoningDHV uses a structured approach to process safety, with defined activities during each project phase. We use state of the art standards and modelling software for our process safety support activities including: dedicated hazard identification software, performing SIL assessments, preparing explosion safety documents in compliance with ATEX regulations and performing effect modelling calculations for releases of toxic and flammable gasses, fires and explosions.

Process safety culture

Safety should be seen as a means for improving performance and not a goal in itself. Our approach is based on the question why, what and how.

  • Why is safety improvement important for an organization?
  • What are the pre-conditions for improving safety culture in a structured way?
  • How can we improve your safety culture?

PSM Key performance indicators

We use our extensive experience and knowledge of HSE to assess to draw-up BowTie’s to select leading and lagging indicators. Key risk mitigation measures, such as Safety Critical Elements, and their management are described. We also define specific performance standards in terms of functionality, reliability and vulnerability in emergencies for safety critical systems, and use them to monitor performance throughout the life cycle.

How to prevent process safety incidents

Every incident requires follow-up, aftercare and communication and reassurance with regard to stakeholders, authorities and the media. Within this process, Royal HaskoningDHV deploys BSCAT, TRIPOD Beta, RCA or barrier failure analyses based on the linear BowTie risk model. The imperative must always be to ensure that incidents and near misses are a means to learning and improving.