Process safety

Process safety is a disciplined framework for managing the integrity of operating systems and processes handling hazardous substances by applying good design principles, engineering and operating practices. It deals with the prevention and control of incidents that have the potential to release hazardous materials or energy. Such incidents can cause toxic effects, fire or explosion, and could ultimately result in serious injuries, property damage and lost production. There are various workshop approaches that we can carry out to prevent and control any incidents.

We have adapted the HAZOP process from the oil and gas industries to the water industry and applied this methodology for more than 20 years. Our expert team of HAZOP chairpersons use PHA-Pro software to maximise the effectiveness and efficiency of each study.

The team have recently extended the process to undertake failure mode effect analysis and the assessment of safety integrity levels, thus completing the full suite of risk studies we can offer to our clients.

A hazard identification technique employed on projects in relation to identifying and, as far as reasonably practicable, resolving access, lifting and maintainability issues is ALM. This ensures that, at takeover, the project can demonstrate a safe working system for operating and maintaining the installation.

ALM reviews have proven to be of benefit in addressing the practicalities and ergonomics of a design and minimising costly retrofit work, design compromises and delays to the contract.

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (2002) (DSEAR) is the United Kingdom’s implementation of the European Union’s ATEX directive. We have a team of dedicated professionals across the UK who are trained and experienced electrical, mechanical, process, and safety and risk engineers, and provide solutions for DSEAR compliance at new and existing water and wastewater assets.

Our team undertake the initial risk assessments and zonal classifications before producing the required documentation and records. We are also able to offer additional DSEAR training to enhance design staff knowledge.

Our systematic HAZCON process is a formal method of identifying and quantifying the risks that may be present during the construction of an asset. We have the capability to facilitate HAZCON studies for construction projects in a variety of industries. The study sequence follows the construction programme from groundwork to construction completion.

Binnies is part of the RSK Group of companies

RSK Group is a leading integrated environmental, engineering and technical services business offering bespoke end-to-end solutions to a variety of sectors. Headquartered in the UK but with an established presence throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, RSK helps organisations around the world achieve their business aspirations in a sustainable and efficient manner.