Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study
Hazard and Operability Studies, or in more common terms HAZOP, has been used and developed for ‘identifying potential hazards and operability problems’ caused by ‘deviations from the design intent’ of both new and existing process plants. It is designed to identify potential hazards or safety issues as well as operability or operation issues. In simple terms, one would not like to have any safety associated incidences as well as any disruptions on plant operation.
While the impact of accidents is well understood, operational issues cannot be taken lightly as it significantly influencing the plat profitability. A well-conducted HAZOP study often results in smooth start-ups and operations, hence minimizing process hick-ups and shutdowns.