A client needed to update a prior QRA study from 2015 of their plant with more equipment and buildings. OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 Process Safety Management (PSM) requires, under the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) element, that employers conduct a facility siting study to verify that the location and occupancy of buildings, control rooms and trailers have been properly evaluated.
ioMosaic completed an updated QRA of their plant to determine the peak overpressure, positive phase duration and impulse at the proposed new location of their ammonia building maintenance as a function of the frequency of occurrence. The analysis and documentation were prepared using SuperChems™, a component of Process Safety Office®.
The purpose of the Quantitative Risk Assessment study is to identify any potential hazards and risks associated with the project and to provide guidance for siting in order to minimize risks. It involves estimating the frequency of potentially hazardous events and calculating the consequences of such incidents. The results are combined with information on the expected exposure of persons to the events being studied, to establish a risk of injury or death.
The QRA process is divided into five main elements as follows:
ioMosaic combined the consequence and likelihood results to give an estimation of the individual risk visually via iso-risk contours displayed on plot plans. Additionally, the study provided a list of predicted values in terms of peak overpressure, positive phase duration, and impulse to all buildings within the facility. The resulting project deliverables included a final report draft report of the results and any recommendations detailing the safety risks.