Process Safety is our priority when assessing a new project or improvements to existing processes.
Before a new process is introduced onto our production facility it is thoroughly screened for potential hazards. Briar Chemicals’ established SOPs (standard operating procedures) and protocols for New Product Introductions include comprehensive Process Safety Testing.
As part of a Preliminary Safety Study all potential hazards associated with the process are established. In particular the reactive chemistry and thermochemistry data is evaluated. This enables Inherent Safety to be taken into consideration in design along with the Basis of Safety to be determined.
We specialise in challenging chemical reactions and we never compromise on safety. Even where our customers provide hazard data as part of their project’s technical package, we validate this information in the context of our own production facilities.
Our detailed engineering design will comply with the necessary, recognised national and international standards along with Briar’s internal standards as part of our Safety Management Systems. The design will undergo a Process and Plant Safety Study using a well proven HAZOP (Hazard Operability Study) procedure and SIL (Safety Integrity Level) determination techniques along with Human Factors assessment. The study will evaluate the Safe Operating Envelope for the process, ensuring the right controls and safeguards are designed, along with tight operational procedures.
As a COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) upper tier establishment we are closely regulated by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and the UK EA (Environment Agency) and to that end our Safety Management Systems take into consideration Regulatory Guidance.