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Process Safety Analysis

Here at TAMI, safety comes first. Our researchers, chemists, process engineers and management put working safety above all, and this is a guide word through every R&D project.

 

1.What-If analysis as a basis to each process start-up

In accordance with the many years of work in the field of process development involving different chemical aspects and scales, extensive knowhow and experience has been accumulated at TAMI.
Based on this, an internal method of process safety analysis was developed and is implemented before each process start-up on the lab or pilot scale. This internal hazard analysis is performed by a safety committee and is carried out as a "What-if scenario analysis".
It's based on a very detailed and strict risk-assessment check list, conducted by the process engineer and chemist of the specific project, while the final approval is given by the facility manager, technical department manager and safety officer.
The analysis goes through a large number of critical process points and guides the team to overview the entire working procedure, suggests potential hazards and verifies the operability of the process.
Only after all the criteria meet the requirements of the safety management team, can the process proceed to its practical stage and be implemented in the pilot facility. Passing the examination of the safety committee is a mandatory step on the way to each process start-up. It is a very helpful tool, provides process security to the workers and reduces undesirable incidents during the manufacturing.


2. HAZOP analysis – an extension to more complex and dangerous processes

When dealing with more complicated and hazardous processes and/or processes that have a high potential to move forward to industrial scale development, a HAZOP study is implemented at TAMI as an extension to risk assessment "What If analyses" described above.
Our process engineers have good experience in leading a HAZOP study for internally-developed processes and also for the expansion or renewal of existing facilities in different ICL units.
A HAZOP analysis is conducted by internal reviewers - specialists that are involved in the chosen process, including experienced chemical engineers, chemists and technical workers, and it is monitored by a safety officer. HAZOP is a brainstorming approach which focuses on hazards and operability problems.
To trigger the discussion, guidewords and common process parameters are used as a systematic list of potential deviations. Accordingly, the team is questioned on how the design intention might not be achieved in different parts of the process. Final recommendations for the required system, or operating improvements, are provided in order to reduce the suggested risk levels and prevent the potential hazards that arose during the HAZOP discussion and process analysis.