A Hazard and Operability Study systematically investigates each element in a process. The goal is to find potential situations that would cause that element to pose a hazard or limit the operability of the process as a whole. There are four basic steps to the process:
In HAZOP, our team of experienced professionals carefully reviews a process or operation in a systematic manner to determine whether deviations from the design or operational intent can lead to undesirable consequences. This technique can be used for continuous or batch processes and can be adopted to evaluate written procedures. Our team of experienced professionals forms a specialized HAZOP team and lists potential causes and consequences of the deviation as well as existing safeguards protecting against the variation. When the team determines that inadequate safeguards exist for a credible variation, it usually recommends the action be taken to reduce the risk.