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Hazard Identification Methods


Frank Crawley and Brian Tyler

A thorough and systematic approach to hazard identification is fundamental for the selection of the most appropriate preventative and protective systems in the process industries. The broad range of hazard identification techniques now available can make it difficult to select an appropriate method.

This book provides an overview of the hazard identification methods currently in use in the process industries, together with an assessment of the strengths and limitations of each technique. The information given is based on the wide experience of the two authors and European Process Safety Centre members. Specific examples illustrate the interplay of the various methods and show how they interact to provide the best results.

The aim of this book is to assist safety specialists and managers in deciding which hazard identification method is the most appropriate and effective technique to use in a particular situation.

May 2003/240 mm x 158 mm softback
ISBN 0-85295-457-3


Misidentification of Chemicals booklet
(ISSA Prevention Series NO 2047 (E) ISBN 92-843-1159-4)

Hazards resulting from the mis-identification of chemicals and measures to prevent such mis-identification are described in this booklet. Selected incident reports will draw the attention of managers and employees of companies involved along the entire logistic chain to the subject and raise their awareness in order to avoid future incidents, accidents and loss of property.

The booklet is based on an EPSC report on precautions taken by member companies to prevent the mis-identification of chemicals. Due to the relevance of this topic, the Technical Steering Committee of the EPSC decided to make this information available to a broader audience. An ideal partner was found in the International Association for Social Security (ISSA) whose Chemical Section has been dealing with the safety of process plants for a considerable time and has already issued a comprehensive series of publications in this field. Good contacts between EPSC and ISSA enabled the development and distribution of this brochure as a first joint project.

A short version can be downloaded here

Explosion Protection - practical understanding of recent standards and new legislation in process safety


Conference proceedings covering the following areas:

  • review of experience of implementing IEC 61508 and associated standards
  • understanding and preparation for compliance with the coming ATEX legislation
  • relationship between IEC 61508 and ATEX 100 and 118

January 2003/96 pages/240 mm x 158 mm softback
ISBN 0-85295-456-5


Safety issues in a dynamic business environment


Conference proceedings covering the issues of safety management with respect to:

  • companies re-organizing at both a corporate and site level
  • macro and micro level organisational change, challenges posed by the merging of organisations and their individual cultures

November 2000/73 pages/A240 x 158 mm softback softback
ISBN 0-85295-439-5


Safety Health Environment Management Systems for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises


The production and use of chemicals frequently involves the handling of hazardous materials. Experience built up by chemical manufacturers and users over many years has established methods of working which, when correctly applied, reduce the risks involved to acceptable levels. Over the last decade major companies in the process industries have found that the safety, health and environmental aspects of their operations can be further improved if the individual procedures are integrated into a management system.

The aim of this guide is to provide an outline for achieving an integrated Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) management system. It is intended that this guide will allow organisations, particularly those small to medium-sized, to build their own efficient SHE management system.

Originally published by the Association of Swedish Chemical Industries (Kemikontoret) this guide has been translated, and new material added, to provide a simple and flexible model. This can easily be adjusted and developed to suit the needs of organisations keen to benefit from the improvement in performance which effective SHE management systems can bring.

An example company is used throughout this guide to illustrate the various aspects of a SHE management system and is designed to provide a basis from which small to medium-sized enterprises can build their own effective system.

October 2000/118 pages/A4 softback
ISBN 0 85295 4336

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Safety Integrity: The Implications of IEC 61508 and Other Standards for the Process Industries


These proceedings show how major companies are assuring safety integrity in safety-critical systems in the process plant. Special focus is given to:

  • Methods - i.e. current process industry practices and tools; and
  • Standards - i.e. applicable existing and emerging standards.

The book documents an international conference organised by the European Process Safety Centre. It covers:

  • The intention of the IEC 61508 standard, how it is being adopted in different countries and its future direction;
  • The tools and techniques used for a risk-based or consequence-based approach to safety-critical systems and how these align to the IEC standard or related standards;
  • The life-cycle approach to managing safety-instrumented systems, focusing particularly on design, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) classification and ongoing operation and management of such systems;
  • Development standards for the process industries;

Conformity assessment and certification issues arising from the standard.

February 2000/110 pages/245 x 160 mm softback
ISBN 0 85295 412 3


HAZOP: Guide to Best Practice, 2nd Edition


With input from individuals and companies from the European Process Safety Centre, the UK Chemical Industries Association (CIA) and the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers, this guide describes and illustrates the HAZOP study method, showing the variety of uses and approaches that have been applied successfully, within the process industries.

ICI developed the HAZOP study method in the 1960s and the CIA guide, published in 1977, encouraged its development. Since then it has become , for many, the primary technique for hazard identification in new designs, process and operations. In addition, the HAZOP technique can be successfully applied to plant modification, pilot plant operations and hazardous laboratory operations as well as task such as commissioning, decommissioning, emergency operations and incident investigation.

This guide serves to illustrate best practice within the process industries and is invaluable for those with responsibilities for safety management systems along with HAZOP study leaders, scribes and team members.

April 2008/141 pages/245 x 160 mm softback
ISBN 9780852955253


Atmospheric Dispersion


An essential text for all safety professionals, Atmospheric Dispersion provides the vital technical guidance to study the propagation of toxic or flammable clouds resulting from an emission in order to evaluate their consequences, for example, for risk assessment purposes.

Based on the four parameters of dispersion development: physical properties; chemical properties; the initial dispersion conditions (source term) and atmospheric situation, the book explores the mathematical models, ranging in complexity from Gaussian to three dimensional, which allow adequate assessment of the risk.

Tracing both on site and on a model, is dealt with, as is the presentation and interpretation of results. Atmospheric Dispersion also succinctly compares methods of reducing the effects of emission, such as water curtains, foams, tree curtains and controlled ignition, to provide engineers with authoritative guidance on this vital subject.

The result of a study made by the Major Risk Prevention working party of Union des Industries Chimiques, Atmospheric Dispersion gives you the essential information you will need to meet the demands made on the process industries by the Seveso II directive.

Chapters include:

  • Qualitative and physical description of the phenomena;
  • Meteorological factors;
  • Modelling dispersion;
  • Tracing and scale models;
  • Practical implementation of the different approaches;
  • Presentation and interpretation of the results;
  • Reducing the effects;
  • Comparison of the results of dispersion models with observations recorded during an accidental emission of ammonia.

December 1998/220 pages/245 x 160 mm hardback
ISBN 0 85295 404 2


Safety Performance Measurement


This practical book shows how a variety of multinational companies measure the effectiveness of safety management systems. It is a logical sequel to the EPSC’s first book Safety management systems. The contributions are practical examples, and each reflects the specific needs and characteristics of the author’s company.

The goal of this book is to demonstrate the benefits and increase the use of performance measurement in the process industries. It clarifies the meaning and potential of safety performance measurement, and shows the breadth of techniques and approaches in measuring safety performance.

Companies contributing are:
Hoechst, Bayer, BP, ICI, Dow Chemical, TÜV-Südwest, DNV, Borealis, Exxon Chemical, BASF, AEA Technology, Shell, Du Pont and Norsk Hydro


Safety performance measurement:

  • concepts and framework;
    introduction to the practical examples.

Measuring plant and equipment:

  • integral plant inspection
  • an integrated modular audit system;
  • technical audit/inspection and qualitative safety rating;
  • condition measurement;
  • developing a safety performance measurement system.

Measuring systems and procedures:

  • monitoring the implementation of local procedures;
  • measurement of safety performance within Responsible Care;
  • performance measurement of safety management systems;
  • measurement through auditing and assurance.

Measuring people:

  • the behavioural approach to safe working;
  • measurement of behaviour;
  • safety culture;
  • Tripod incident analysis methodology;
  • process safety management performance measurements.

Measuring the outputs:

  • output measurements;
  • can there be an economic return from a safety programme?

October 1996/135 pages/240 x 160 mm hardback
ISBN 0 85295 382 8


Safety Management Systems


The majority of accidents in the process industries, this book emphasises, can be traced back to poor management. Set up a system to manage safety competently, and you are most of the way to safe operation. What makes this book different is that it is written by the six major companies -- BP Chemicals, Dow Chemical Company, Exxon Chemical International, ICI, Shell International Oil Products and Solvay -- to share with others the current experiences gained by the European Process Safety Centre member organisations on safety management.

The book does not lecture on “what you should do” but explains “how to go about” improving safety performance. It is the product of the EPSC Working Party on Safety Management Systems that replied to the European Union DG XI Technical Working Group 4 on Safety Management and Accident Prevention.

An overview is given by Exxon Chemical International Inc, and was distilled from the 16 major companies that formed the Working Party. It includes sections on monitoring, auditing and the key characteristics for safety management systems. Other chapters cover a typical company’s safety management system (ICI), specific elements such as a process safety review (BP), plant change procedure (Shell), safety performance measurements (Solvay), and consolidating auditing (Dow). The final chapter details EPSC’s future direction in performance measurements of safety systems, aiming to define the most pressing issues for industry in assessing safety management systems effectively.

1994/45 pages/203 x 134 mm softback
ISBN 0 85295 356 9


EPSC Learning Sheet

The EPSC Learning Sheet is meant to stimulate discussion on important process safety topics at operational sites and to improve competency & awareness in a pleasant format. The latest topic is: Furnace Fire.