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  • Legislated Process Safety Management: What You Need to Know

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    As you may already be aware, part of a Process Safety Management (PSM) plan follows IEC 61511 (or the equivalent) in order to meet some of the PSM elements. One of the questions I am asked most often is whether compliance to IEC 61511 is mandatory and, up until now, the answer for Canada has been no. However, according to the 2018 version of the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC), Canadian process industry players will soon be required to comply with IEC 61511. For Alberta producers that date is February 1, 2019. This is a six month buffer to comply with a standard that, in reality, is not as well understood as it should be.
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  • Justifying the Value, Need, and Importance of HAZOP and LOPA

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    February's webinar, Basics Risk and Safety Instrumented Systems, resulted in some excellent questions being asked by participants. Here's one that we thought would be especially informative for many of you. Question: If an oil and gas facility has never had either a LOPA or HAZOP (or no record of such, for example) how should one proceed with justifying the value, need and importance of implementing them? Or how best to approach this?
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  • Four Questions to Ask about Your Safety Instrumented System

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    The Safety Instrumented System (SIS) is a critical aspect of process control, and is fundamental to an organization’s ability to mitigate risk related to the health, safety, and environmental (HSE) impacts of their operations. But for many companies, implementing an effective SIS can be a confusing balancing act between industry regulations, safety standards, and corporate risk management requirements. Asking these four questions will help you assess the effectiveness of your Safety Instrumented System in maintaining safe operations within your facility.
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