LOPA, SIL and Functional Safety
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is an analytical tool to determine the adequacy of protection layers used to mitigate a process risk.
The undertaking of a LOPA aims to prevent the occurrence of an event that could be detrimental to safety, environment or cause commercial consequences.
A LOPA identifies the likelihood of occurrence associated with each event, then determines if existing layers of protection are suitable.
- Identification of tolerable and acceptable risk criteria including associated event frequencies.
- Application of a recognised LOPA approach.
- Appointment of a functional safety manager to ensure the safety lifecycle is followed, from conception to commissioning.
- Procurement, installation and commissioning of functional safety systems.
Pressure systems consultancy and engineering
Pressure systems safety regulations (PSSR)
The ENGIE Fabricom Process Safety Management Group oversee the process hazard analysis and PSSR processes to ensure full compliance to the determined regulations.
Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) and Regulations (PER)
We engage our network of engineering technical authorities and QA/QC engineers to maintain full compliance with the legal requirements of the PED and PER.
Our consistent fulfilment of regulations has earned us a declaration of conformity, verified by the certifying body.
Human factors assessment
Our Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) defines human factors as personal, organisational and job factors which influence behaviour at work in a way that affects health and safety.
Around 80% of accidents at work are directly or partly attributed to human error. Human factors assessment can reduce the number of incidents at work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the workforce.
- Human Factor Engineering or Human Factor Integration support during design and development of systems and services
- Assessment of the suitability of plant and equipment, processes and operations
- Review of outputs and processes for maintenance, inspection and testing activities for major hazards plants
- Integration of human factors into risk assessment and investigations including Safety Management Systems
- Consideration of individual task and organisational factors to reduce human errors in the workplace
Ageing and life extension of plant
In a commercial environment where continued investment in plant and costly maintenance programmes is increasingly difficult to justify, management of ageing plant assets is becoming more challenging.
There is an absolute duty imposed on operators handling hazardous substances with a major accident hazard potential to ensure that their plants and equipment are maintained in a suitable condition to ensure safety.