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Process Safety Management Services

Business Challenge

Process Safety ManagementModern equipment codes and the increasing expertise of plant designers and operators have gone a long way toward minimizing major accident hazards. However, some companies are often in a position in which they have to increase the speed of operation installation, or downsize their staff, or deal with certain environmental pressures that require changes to their safety management processes. Other companies may simply have aging facilities or are in the process of acquiring other properties and buildings.

In these cases, there is a larger potential for accidents, and further planning and hazard management is required to ensure everything goes smoothly.

No matter what challenges these individual companies face, they must still ensure that they have adequate safety measures in place. These standards should be compatible between each facility and each site so that everyone knows and understands what is expected and required in these situations.


What is Process Safety/Risk Management?
Process safety and risk management is a part of an overall safety management plan and focuses on major hazards that impact safety, environmental damage and business loss.

Bureau Veritas will help your company implement the necessary procedures and systems throughout the plant to prevent unwanted releases that could ignite and cause toxic impacts, local fires, or explosions in the facility or nearby premises.

Process safety and risk management services can also help improve operability, productivity, stability and quality output, which will, in turn, lead to the specification of safeguards against undesirable events.

Process safety management certification is the first step toward understanding all these issues and potential hazards so that these safeguards can be implemented effectively throughout the company. Make sure that you are working with specialists who have achieved this level of knowledge and experience and have proper process safety management certfication.

What are the key benefits?
Major benefits of an effective process safety management program include:

  • Improved productivity and continuity of operations
  • Improved employee retention and public perception
  • Reduction of losses due to safety failures
  • Reduced exposure to negligence and civil liability lawsuits
  • Reduced exposure to regulatory fines, penalties or citations

In order to fully take advantage of these benefits, it is important that these principles are applied throughout the lifecycle of the plant and in every installation. This will ensure that the facilities will be managed safely and achieve acceptable levels of business risk to meet industry regulations.


Our Approach
At Bureau Veritas, our tried and tested approach to process safety involves a number of tools that are used at different points within an operation’s lifetime. We understand that every client and every situation has different requirements, so we will tailor our process safety management services to match your needs. In general, though, we will:

  • Conduct process risk assessments – Our specialists, who are all process safety management certified, used their extensive technical skills to identify and quantify your process risks.
  • Identify operability problems and associated process hazards – We start by looking at your current risk management programs to identify potential improvements and offer hazard management enhancements.
  • Utilize our software to evaluate public liability exposure – We develop offsite consequence analyses for potential releases of the specific materials your operations might create.
  • Identify and quantify major process hazards – We will assess your process operations to evaluate your exposure and offer practical solutions to correct identified weaknesses.
  • Review management and operating systems issues – These issues can affect the continuity of your operations so we evaluate your programs and address: training, operating procedures, equipment specifications, maintenance, and management of change.
  • Review regulatory compliance – We audit your process management programs for compliance with applicable regulations and industry best practices.

We can advise clients about what studies are appropriate at any stage in a facility’s life and respond to any client requests for specific work or for enhancements to their Process Safety/Risk Management program.


Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Bureau Veritas is a global company specializing in the fields of Quality Assurance, Health, Safety, and Environmental (QHSE) services. We have more than 2,400 QHSE professionals in over 60 offices across North America so we can quickly respond to your needs no matter where you are located.

At Bureau Veritas, we develop solutions that contribute to risk prevention and performance improvement to help organizations create long-term value through our technical and regulatory expertise. We are present in 140 countries through a network of 900 offices and laboratories and have more than 40,000 employees and a client base of more than 300,000.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • How does Process Safety/Risk Management relate to techniques such as HAZOP?

    HAZOP, consequence analysis, etc. form part of process safety and risk management. Bureau Veritas chooses techniques to incorporate in a particular study based on what the client needs to effectively manage their systems and/or meet legislative requirements.


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