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The Journal for Employee Protection
The Journal for Employee Protection
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Process safety is about managing the integrity of plant operating
systems by identifying hazards, estimating their risk, and applying engineering
safeguards and disciplined operating practices like maintaining those
safeguards. It deals with the prevention and mitigation of incidents that have
the potential for severe, even catastrophic damage.
Recent events have propelled industrial
organizations to work towards an evergreen functional safety management plan. The goal is to ensure their operations run
for the next 30+ years with suitably reliable Independent Protection Layers
(IPLs) to safeguard assets from potential hazards.
for Plant Operators
Throughout the industrial sector, there is
growing need to reduce man-hours, drive consistency and ensure process compliance.
Operating companies must find effective ways to monitor performance, identify
bad actors and sustain minimal risk.
Functional safety is expensive in today’s
demanding industrial environment. Certified functional safety experts are rare,
and the design and documentation of Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs) is
often on the critical path as a project moves from process to detail design.
In light of recent accidents, industrial
organizations are devoting a more significant share of their budget to
implementing process safety measures. In most cases, however, the traditional approach
to safety is inefficient, and the documents produced are just that—documents—without
any connection to each other or to the real-world operation post-design.
Need to Understand Performance
Historically, the way that process safety has
been approached requires many resources with varying types of expertise
(internal and external) and different manual functions for gathering relevant
data and conducting safety-related studies such as:
Disparate reports and tools are commonly employed
to support the safety lifecycle. This has been, and continues to be, an expensive,
inefficient and costly process. Because people are retyping tag numbers,
there’s a good chance they will make an error. Such errors are virtually
eliminated when you are selecting from a pull-down list. When was the last time
you got a wrong number when dialing your phone?
A growing number of plant owners/operators
are looking for a way to compare their facility’s actual performance against
its intended design. They need solutions making it possible to monitor
performance across their operations, identify bad actors wherever they exist, and
sustain minimal risk throughout the life of the plant.
an Automated Approach
Improving process safety compliance and performance
isn’t easy in today’s complex industrial facilities. Digitization is needed to
leverage data in disconnected documents, optimize safety-instrumented systems
and manage corporate risk.
As a leading global industrial technology supplier,
Honeywell provides process safety solutions that automate the safety lifecycle
in order to reduce errors, lower costs, continuously monitor operations for
hazard conditions and provide safety alerts in a timely fashion. The company’s innovative,
end-to-end offering enables a real-time view of safety system performance
compared with original design assumptions, and uses data from historians and
maintenance to validate designs or identify issues. This allows end-users and engineering,
procurement and construction (EPC) contractors to reduce safety risk and
realize significant cost savings.
The Honeywell solution has two major components,
though more pieces will join the ecosystem in the future:
Honeywell’s focus is on digitizing the process safety lifecycle, providing a sustainable “digital twin” for safety, and then closing the loop – driving higher performance through efficient operation. Key to this approach is automating the safety lifecycle to minimize errors, improve consistencies and reduce engineering effort up to 45 percent. Honeywell’s integrated solutions work in tandem to eliminate manual steps and enable a more collaborative safety design—reducing costs and expediting project execution.
“Honeywell’s focus is on digitizing the process safety lifecycle, providing a sustainable “digital twin” for safety, and then closing the loop”
for Plant Owners
No matter where they are in the process safety
lifecycle, industrial facilities can utilize new safety methodologies to reduce
risk and save money, while complying with best engineering practices throughout
their operating life. The latest process safety tools use a plant’s test and
operating history to achieve performance goals and optimize technology
The advantages of leveraging a digitized,
automated process safety lifecycle during capital project execution include:
Experience has shown that industrial
organizations can do more with data via a connected, digitized approach to
process safety management. This includes turning process historian data into
valuable safety insights. Employing a single data system for all process safety
risk management information and analysis, they gain the means to improve
monitoring of operational hazards and streamline work to enhance functional
Thanks to innovations in the field of process
safety, industrial organizations can take advantage of integrated enterprise
systems and effective performance metrics that truly reflect the state of risk
controls and allow plant managers to target resources towards the areas of
Leading suppliers like Honeywell couple
best-in-class solutions with global expertise to ensure a safe and reliable path
to digitization. Honeywell’s strategy, proven at industrial sites worldwide, connects
design assumptions with actual performance, and helps facility operators to be
confident their protection layers will work when needed most. The addition of
more advanced and continuously running process safety lifecycle management
tools makes process safety monitoring and analysis practical to do all the
To find out more visit us
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry-specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom
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