The objective of a safety case is to demonstrate that the facility is designed, constructed, operated and maintained in a safe manner and is largely required for facilities that contain significant hazards as defined by legislative requirements. It documents significant hazards and demonstrates the adequacy of the barriers and management systems that prevent the hazard from becoming a significant risk and hence is a significant piece of its process safety framework.
It has 4 main components:
- The facility description – scope of operation, design philosophy, physical aspects, activities on the facility, surrounding activities, types and numbers of people present, mitigation systems
- Summary of the formal safety assessment – A systematic assessment of major accident events/hazards/ incidents on the facility. This involves the identification of the MAHs/ MAEs/ MIHs, risk assessment that aims to demonstrate the effectiveness of the systems and barriers in place to manage the hazards are adequate.
- Summary of the Safety Management System (SMS) – A summary of the SMS and performance verification systems in place that ensure the facility is managing its hazard and risks adequately.
- Committed Actions: Where risk gaps have been identified the actions to close these gaps must be documented before submission. This may involve the evaluation of different solutions to improve the risk management of specific scenario’s.
Fitness Evaluation – To operate under a major hazardous facility regime, an organisation must have effective process safety management in place. We offer’s our process safety audit to benchmark a site/ organisation and make recommendations to close their gaps.
Scouting Study – identification of documentation, studies and management systems in place that can meet the requirements within legislation. Gaps, resource requirements and a project plan are also documented as part of the scouting study.
Execution -It can be executed via a blend of internal resource and external resource depending on availability and capability.
Auditing – After submission, an operator can be audited by the regulator. We can perform an audit for internal purposes to pre-identify gaps in their operation vs what has been submitted.
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