Hazard identification is the key to effective hazard control. It is the first thing to do before hazard control methods determined. All safety measures and activities should always be constructed and referred to the results of hazard identifications.
Hazard identification is an on going process. This means that it should be performed in regular period and at the same time updated to evaluate the effectiveness of hazard control methods used for each hazard.
Every time a process created, process condition changed, piping modified, new equipment installed or Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) revised, hazard identification should be updated. It is to assess risks associated with the changes and to ensure that current hazard control methods are still effective.
However, even though hazard identification is already done, but there are some hazards sources in the chemical plant site, which are commonly failed to be identified. This condition is very dangerous because accident may happen without any notification. So, keep reading this article to know what kind of activities with high potential hazard that are commonly left from identification study.
7 Common Hazard Sources That Most Companies Fail to Recognize
Here are 7 hazard sources that most companies fail to recognize in common. In this post, I will list up based on level of priority. And in fact, this may be different from one chemical plant to another chemical plant. So, if you feel that you have identified hazard associated with the following activities, don’t stop there. Make a plan to identify hidden hazard with your plant site before they trigger an accident to happen.
- Material receiving jobs. In chemical plant, there are many hazardous chemicals and gas loaded and unloaded every day. It is obvious that this operation contains some risks that may endanger workers.
- Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) revision. Because hazard identification was already done for the SOP in the past, it does not mean that it is enough. Revision may accompany with new hazards, which will be recognized only by hazard identification study.
- Technical service at the customer site. Most technical service activities are accidental activities. This makes company has limited planning, including hazard identification.
- Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) exercise. Even though ERP procedure has been set up, but there are potential hazards that may appear during the exercise of ERP procedure.
- Safety audit. Never think that safety audit is hazard-free activity. It is not true at all. It like other activities, which contains hazards even though with different level.
- Accident investigation. Even though it is purposed to find out root cause of an accident, however some activities that are a part of it are risky activities. For example visiting scene of fire or explosion.
- Fire fighting drill or training. It is very clear that such training involves fire and flammable material by which trainees may get injury or death.
How to Avoid
Lack of hazard identification is crucial deficiency in frame of accident prevention. The best thing to do is to update regularly the identification of hazard you have. Make it is an ongoing activity within your organization.