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Delta HAZOP

The ISC has released a guidance document on a risk assessment technique called Delta HAZOP. The traditional HAZOP process is a structured process that, when done well, produces a robust and thorough analysis of failure scenarios and identifies safeguards to manage the risk. Where a HAZOP is repeated, or another form of PHA continues to be repeated through the life of a facility, the finding of significant issues is likely to decrease after two or three cycles. Therefore, to achieve a high-quality output, where items of significant value are uncovered it was necessary to look at the process differently. This realisation led to the development of a process known as Delta HAZOP. The focus is on understanding the creeping changes to the process that have occurred and ensuring that the risks associated with them have been understood and addressed. This does not negate the need for a robust Management of Change process.

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Process Safety Competency

The ISC released its second guidance document on process safety competency. This document defines competency definitions across an entire organisation and was developed by the ISC member companies.

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Process Safety Competency Guidance - supplementary guide - how to build and develop process safety competence

This supplement document provides an example of the tasks and activities that could be undertaken to achieve the relevant level of competence in the range of competency topics defined in ISC Process Safety Competency Guidance Edition 2.

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Lead Process Safety Metrics

The ISC has released its first guidance on lead process safety metrics. This document defines a list of agreed and defined lead process safety metrics.

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Lead Process Safety Metrics - supplementary guide - Pressure Relief Device (PRD) - design and operational performance requirements

This supplement document is the first in a series of guidance documents that will focus on providing more clarity on the type of failures/events to be included in your company's metrics and will also aid in the goal of capturing similar data across companies and across industries. This will allow for benchmarking and identification of good practice.

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Lead Process Safety Metrics - supplementary guide - Permit to Work

This document is a supplement to the ISC Guidance Document Lead Process Safety Metrics – selecting tracking and learning 2015. This is intended to provide context for the Lead Metric ‘Permit to work checks performed to plan’ and ‘Permit to work on conformance’ and expand on those metrics. This guidance should be used to help identify suitable performance metrics for your system. This is the second in a series of guidance documents that will focus on providing more clarity on the type of failures/events to be included in your metrics and will also aid in the goal of capturing similar data across companies and across industries. This will allow for benchmarking and identification of good practice for us to learn from.

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Lead Process Safety Metrics - Alarm Rationalisation

This document is a supplement to the ISC Guidance Document Lead Process Safety Metrics - selecting tracking and learning 2015. This guidance is used to provide context for alarm rationalisation which can be used for monitoring and managing the lead metric 'critical alarms per operator hour' and 'standing alarm' defined in the ISC guidance document under the human factor element. This supplementary guidance document should be used to improve the understanding of various alarms, handling, monitoring, and meeting the target performance of the alarm management system. The document focuses on providing more clarity on the aspects and challenges in maintaining the alarm management system. This will allow for benchmarking and identification of good practice.

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Applying process safety during concept select phase of a project

The ISC has released guidance on the application of process safety and inherently safer design principles to the concept selection stage of an engineering project.

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Managing Process Safety during the COVID-19 pandemic

This paper outlines a collection of various good practices and pitfalls to avoid and to help organisations manage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Managing Process Safety during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Regulators

This paper outlines a collection of approaches that regulators from a number of jurisdictions are following to help organisations and inspectors manage process safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been drafted following feedback from a number of different ISC supporting partners regulators. It is not extensive but provides some useful information across a range of aspects.

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Good practice in virtual HAZOP

The global pandemic of COVID-19 changed the world in many ways. Industries and companies had to adapt to all health advice and regulation requirements. Face-to-face meetings were replaced with virtual meetings due to travel restrictions, mandatory quarantine in some locations, the need to maintaining physical distancing and capacity limits. This led to the requirement for the development of this document, which describes good practice in virtual HAZOP meetings. This is a guide based on inputs from ISC members and their lessons learnt to make virtual risk assessments more effective and avoid pitfalls.

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Process Safety for the 21st Century and Beyond

This initiative is the result of a joint collaboration between the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety Centre and the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) along with experts in process safety in various working sectors around the globe. This document is the ultimate roadmap for the future of process safety. This unique initiative will provide recommendations to anyone interested in improving process safety performance in the future generation.

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OHS Body of Knowledge - Process Hazards - Chemicals

The OHS Body of Knowledge is the collective knowledge that should be shared by Australian generalist OHS professionals to provide a sound basis for understanding the causation and control of work related fatality, injury, disease and ill health (FIDI). The ISC was involved with the chapter, Process Hazards - Chemicals.

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OHS Body of Knowledge - Managing Process Safety

The OHS Body of Knowledge is the collective knowledge that should be shared by Australian generalist OHS professionals to provide a sound basis for understanding the causation and control of work related fatality, injury, disease and ill health (FIDI). The ISC was involved with chapter on Managing Process Safety.

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