Fertilizer Industrial Services Contribution to Process Safety in Ammonia Plants

Fertilizer Industrial Services Contribution to Process Safety in Ammonia Plants

Fertilizer Industrial Services team is working to improve safety and operability of ammonia plants.

Using our extensive operation experience combined with commissioning of various ammonia plants worldwide we develop a set of guidelines for fertilizer manufacturers aiming to help projects delivery and plant operation and maintenance.

We are attending major conferences in Europe and USA and we contribute with technical papers and presentations.

Our latest paper published and 64th Edition of AIChE Ammonia Safety Symposium is Check Lists: The Low Hanging Fruit of Process Safety.

The abstract talks about one of the remaining ‘low hanging fruit’ in the realm of Process Safety is the rigorous application of appropriate checklists. In his book, ‘The Checklist Manifesto’ Atul Gawande argues that the preparation and adherence to hazardous activity checklists is a low cost, low effort route to reducing incidents. Working in the Health sector, he discovered numerous examples of checklist success, including the prevention of 8 deaths and 42 infections over 27 months by the adoption of a 5-point checklist in the Intensive Care Unit of a prestigious American Hospital.

Our team have initiated a program: Fertilizer Industry Operational Risks Database www.FIORDA.eu, dedicated to fertilizer industry with the purpose to monitor known risks, evaluate the effectiveness of deployed mitigations, and detect emerging risks. This program relies on various data and information sources across fertilizer industry, including anonymously de-identified data provided by our members.

We developed our own software and built the database on the cloud platform. The software allows us to evaluate the level of risk for each case and generate various type of reports giving engineers a better understanding of incidents.

Furthermore, to enhance operational excellence programs in the fertilizer industry, we use incidents data to improve the quality of our training programs using lessons learned to prevent such incidents to occur in the future.

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