Happening on 25th September 2023
Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) is a well-understood necessity for understanding the hazards posed by plants and ensuring the appropriate degree of safeguards are available to ensure that risk is tolerable. PHA started in the 1970s and is now ubiquitous. Documentation of PHA started with pencil and paper worksheets, but quickly moved to desktop PC programs. Unfortunately, there has not been much progress since that time.
The current state of PHA documentation is a collection of desktop computer files that are distributed on multiple file servers and laptops of employees, contractors, and vendors. The files are usually inconsistent with each other because each facilitator or each company site utilizes different file structures and different nomenclature, making a comparison of documents, benchmarking, and dashboarding impossible. Also, the fact that so many documents have been generated with no mechanism to export data leaves customers locked into obsolete software that has continually increased maintenance costs along with decreases and flexibility in terms of service. Attempts to improve the situation using large central database systems have also failed due to these systems being slow, inflexible, and lacking the ability to perform remote work where internet access is not available.
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