Safety, Risk & Resilience Services

1. Hazard Identification (HAZID)/ Hazard & Operability Studies (HAZOP)

 

Hazard identification uses checklists of hazards to pinpoint material, system, process, and facility characteristics that could produce undesirable consequences through the occurrence of an incident. Possible means of eliminating the hazards or controlling the risk are usually identified. HAZID (HAZard IDentification) is a high-level, systematic study of process hazards. It is used for early identification of hazards and is typically applied at the conceptual or detailed design stage. On the other hand, HAZOP (Hazard & Operability Studies) is a well-known documented study that is used to verify the design or procedures integrity with respect to safety and operability. The purpose of the HAZOP is to investigate how system or plants deviate from the design intent, and create risk for personnel, equipment and operability problems.

We can support your team in defining the key Hazards using one of our principal consultants as a workshop facilitator or we can review you current Hazard register to determine completeness or fit for intended application.

2. Quantified Risk Assessments (QRA)

Satisfactory demonstration of acceptable risk levels is often a requirement in, for example, the approval of major hazard plant construction plans, or significant changes to operations which may include areas such as plant modification and changes in operational manning levels.

Facilities requiring QRA studies may include production and processing facilities, high pressure pipelines or storage and importation sites including liquefied natural gas (LNG).

QRA may be a requirement of applicable legislation and/or internal company governance to show that risks are identified and controlled to an acceptable level. The criteria for risk acceptability may be defined by local regulations or company/ investor policy.

Typically, a QRA can be defined as the formal and systematic approach of identifying potentially hazardous events, estimating the likelihood and consequences of those events, and expressing the results as risk to people, the environment or the business.

The method may include some or all of the following:

  • An analysis of the severity/consequence of accident scenarios
  • Predicted number of fatalities/casualties for each scenario
  • Individual risk
  • Group/societal risk
  • Potential loss of life
  • Location specific risk
  • Further analysis of accident scenarios that are ALARP (As Low As Reasonably Practicable)
  • Preventative/mitigation measures
  • Sensitivity of results to uncertainties and assumptions.

EDMS is able to support its clients through, for example, the undertaking of QRA studies to identify potential accident scenarios which contribute most to the overall risk of an operational facility, allowing focus to be placed on means to minimise or mitigate risks to meet appropriate acceptability criteria and/or demonstrating that the risks are as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

3. Hazard and Effects Management Process (HEMP)

The Hazards and Effects Management Process (HEMP) evolved in the chemical process industry as a methodology to ensure consistency in risk mitigation. In a nutshell, HEMP defines the manner in which the risk of injury to personnel, or damage to assets, environment, or reputation, is managed to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). It is simply a systematic method of identifying hazards, assessing risk, putting controls in place to guard against those risks and defining recovery measures should an incident happen. From this assessment, weaknesses in controls and recovery measures are identified and a remedial action plan is formed.

Adequate “Planning and Procedures” are required with respect to operations conducted in the business. This part of the management system also deals with the formation and testing of Emergency Response Plans.

The implementation phase comes next. Within this Implementation, Monitoring and Reporting phase targets are set, key performance indicators are developed and monitored and incidents (actual and potential) are reported and investigated so that learning points can be fed back into the management system.

Finally, there is a formal system of Audit and Management Review. An independent and internal HSSE audit programme should be included to regularly review the management system to ensure appropriate coverage of risks in the changing business environment.

4. Safety Critical Elements /Barrier Analysis

Part of the Safety Case process involves the validation of Safety Critical Elements.
We can support you with the following using BowTie XP Software tool and comprehensive methodologies

  • Defining the Safety Critical Elements and associated Performance Standards
  • Producing the Scope of Validation for agreement by the Regulatory Authority (a pre-requisite for submitting a Safety Case)
  • Producing a “Written Scheme of Validation/Verification” detailing precise validation steps to be performed
  • Defining the function testing and maintenance requirements for Safety Critical Elements required to meet the pre-defined Performance Standards for incorporation into the Preventative Maintenance System (PMS)

5. Asset Integrity Management System (AIMS)

Ensuring the technical integrity, safety, and reliability of your facilities and equipment is a priority. However, with increased operating costs and limited resources, implementing a fully compliant asset integrity program can be challenging. Our asset integrity management service can help you maintain your asset, and ensure fitness for service, reliability, safety and compliance with all relevant regulations.

We can help you to:

  • Establish an effective asset integrity program that adheres to all relevant regulations and safety standards
  • Improve the technical integrity of your assets, and identify and eliminate risks
  • Maintain your asset, and ensure fitness for service, safety and reliability
  • Extend the remaining life of your asset in the most reliable, safe, and cost-effective way possible

Wherever your asset is based, we can tailor a solution to fit your needs, with experienced staff and a global reach, we can help you achieve your inspection, engineering, data management and safety goals.

Our asset integrity management programs include:

  • Development management
  • Implementation
  • Gap analysis

6. Safety Management System Development

A significant improvement can be achieved through the development of a Strategic Workplace Health and Safety Management System. Participation of line management and employees in the development, coordination and monitoring of the safety program initiatives and activities is imperative for safe and sustainable operations.

A formal documented strategic approach ensures legislative compliance, due diligence and risk management focusing on standards and best industry practices. This will result in the reduction of human injury, property and equipment damage, service interruption, and corporate and individual liabilities, therefore managing over all costs and risk factors.

The components of a Safety Management System are very variable and are dependent on what the system manages and intends to achieve. Safety Management Systems are therefore fairly complex as they should contain all of the components necessary to cover all issues in the management of a particular site or area.

We can support in all aspects of Safety Management System development in accordance with International, National or Corporate standards, whether its policies, guidelines, procedures or integrated safe systems of work.

7. Safety & Risk Audits
We provide our diverse clients with services that include:

 

  • Gap Analysis – This pre-audit program identifies gaps in management systems and highlights areas that need improvement. This helps an organisation to meet local and international compliance standards.
  • Desktop/ Site Verification – Through this program, we review your organisation’s documents and observe workplace activities, which helps evaluate your current management system and observe workplace activities.
  • Certification Preparation – The purpose of this audit is to help a workplace achieve certification as per the following Australian and international standards:
    • AS/NZS 4801 – OHS Management System Compliance
    • OHSAS 18001 – OHS Management System Compliance
    • ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System Compliance
    • ISO 9001 – Quality Management System Compliance
    • Integrated Management System Compliance
  • Second Party Audits – This program is tailored to meet organisational requirements, such as audits for:
    • Suppliers
    • Contractors
    • Risk Profiling
  • Legislative Compliance – This program is based on legislative compliance to assist with identifying, assessing and controlling workplace risks in accordance with national & international regulatory bodies and recommended codes and standards.

Please contact us with your specific audit requirements, we are happy to tailor a scope for your specific needs.

8. Emergency & Disaster Management Response Plans

We adopt the recommended Critical Infrastructure Protection (All Hazard approach) for the planning, development and implementation of Emergency response Plans. We ensure linkage with local Emergency Services and local National & State regulations. We can support in all aspects of Emergency Management from planning recommendations, advice of resources & facilities to scenario simulation and testing. Please contact us for your specific requirements.

9. Business Continuity Management Systems (BCMS) ISO 22301

EDMS can guide your organisation through a BCMS Project addressing all aspects of the BCM Lifecycle.

 

As specified in ISO 22301, the BCM Lifecycle covers:

  • Business impact analysis and risk assessment
  • Business Continuity strategy
  • Establish and implement business continuity procedures
  • Exercising and testing
  • Operational planning and control

We have tools and methodologies to assist with planning, implementation, assessment and training in all aspects of Business Continuity Management Systems. Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

10. CIMAH/ COMAH/ Offshore Safety Case Development

The purpose of a Safety Case is to demonstrate that the facilities in question are designed, constructed, commissioned, operated and maintained such that risks to personnel are reduced to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

The production of a safety case includes the following tasks which are summarised below:

  • Identify and document major accident hazards, using tools such as Bow-tie diagrams
  • Analyze impact of major accident hazards
  • Assess risks and compare with criteria, Quantitative Risk Assessment
  • Identify risk reduction measures to satisfy ALARP
  • Identify safety critical elements in place to manage major accident hazards
  • Generate performance standards for each safety critical element
  • Write and maintain the asset safety case

The production of a Safety Case is generally based on these identified tasks and each of the individual tasks has its own methodology.

The individual tasks are detailed in separate Joint Service Descriptions as follows:

  • Hazard Identification Studies
  • Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Studies’
  • RAM Studies (Reliability, Availability & Maintainability)
  • Consequence Evaluation (Fire, Release, Explosion, Dispersion)
  • EER Analysis (Escape, Evacuation, Rescue)
  • Quantitative Risk Analysis
  • Risk Based Layout Studies
  • Performance Standards

EDMS can help you with the complete development, review and update or just specific items of your regulatory Safety Case. Please contact us with your specific requirements.

 

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