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Progress in Process Safety

A holistic perspective of process safety requires more comprehensive hazard and risk assessment methods such as process hazards analysis, mechanical integrity, safety integrity systems and emerging technologies.

By William Mostia, PE
Aug 19, 2015

Process safety has made substantial progress in the past 40 years in improving the safety of our chemical plants, refineries and other applications. However, as our plants have grown larger and more complex, bottom-line thinking has caused us to operate closer to our safety limits to get the last drop out with as few personnel as possible (and sometimes fewer). All this, plus changing demographics and industry experience levels, has put a strain on achieving a safe operating environment for our plants.

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