HAZOP was first developed by a British chemical company, in order to assess risks and potential hazards, and then determine a clear-cut way to avoiding them and implementing said studies in the way a certain plant or industry was being operated. Safety was the primary issue and, after that first UK chemical company which used HAZOP closed off, the program was adopted by other kinds of industries as well – a trend which is going on till this day. From chemical plants, to power production companies, gas, oil, heavy chemicals and even pharmaceutical production plants – most of the high-end and modern plants and industries now used HAZOP to determine, manage and effectively reduce risks.
Working With HAZOP
While the program itself is powerful, it can be very dangerous for it to be run by unskilled personnel. The Hazard and Operability study offers accurate results, but only based on the input it’s being given. If said input is inaccurate, so will be the results. But given HAZOP’s track record, people would take those results seriously which is safe to say to lead to unwanted consequences.
That is why it’s crucial that people working with HAZOP receive the proper training to do so. Basing your Hazard and Operability study on sheer intuition can unleash a domino-like series of events which usually end up in either significant production loss, or in worse-case scenarios, in tragedy. That is why proper training should be considered beforehand – follow the link from the first paragraph of this article for more information about where to get said training.