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Power Station Major Risk Assessment
As part of
its risk management strategy, a major energy corporation wished
to identify all of the significant risks that affected its ability
to generate power within an existing coal fired power station.
The study concentrated on loss of generation and property loss.
Risks were first identified through a number of risk workshops
and a qualitative, Rapid Risk Ranking was applied to each of the
identified risks. Risks identified as Significant and High were
then quantified, using the power stationís own equipment failure
data as well as generic failure data.
Nine Lives Risk Manager was used for recording and tracking the
risk assessment process. Nine Lives Risk Manager incorporates
a quantitative risk calculator for estimating expected normal
losses and expected maximum losses for each identified risk event
and on an annualised basis. The calculator also estimates payback
periods for selected risk controls. Prioritised Risk Management
Plans were developed and documented through Risk Manager.
Integrating Safety, Environment and Quality Systems
A small logistics site,
which had already attained Quality Accreditation decided to develop
Safety Management Systems that would enable it to attain accreditation
to SafetyMAP, the Victorian WorkCover authorityís safety auditing
system. In order to ensure that it met legislative compliance
in relation to occupational health and safety risk assessments,
a risk assessment quality procedure was developed. The quality
procedure for recording non-conformance incidents was also expanded
to incorporate safety incidents. Attached to these processes was
a Hazard Report.
The company also implemented a Nine Lives Risk Manager for
recording and monitoring the Hazard Reports. In order
to develop safe operating procedures reports were generated from
the risk assessments recorded in the system, then appended to
the relevant Work Instructions contained within the existing quality
Integrating Risk Assessment Processes
organisation there exists a population of hazards that must be
managed. A Hazardous substances risk assessment will identify
some of the Population of Hazards. A Plant risk assessment may
identify more of the population of hazards, however there may
be areas of overlap. For example where a hazardous substance is
used in conjunction with the operation of a piece of plant or
equipment, this should be identified through both the hazardous
substance and the plant risk assessments.
Each risk assessment method provides more information about the
population of hazards however it also creates more areas of overlap.
This overlap leads to duplication of effort and inconsistencies.
Nine Lives has developed Risk Manager Management System Plug-ins
for recording risk assessments and sharing the relevant information
between the various risk assessment processes. In this way there
is no duplication of hazard records or risk control activities.
Hazard Identification and Safety Assessment for a Major Hazard
A hazard identification
and safety assessment procedure, supported by the Nine Lives Risk
Manager database system, was developed for implementation
at a Major Hazard Facility. The core safety assessment involved
the analysis of plausible major incident scenarios, including
the identification of potential hazards and an assessment of the
risk. Nine Lives assisted by facilitating hazard identification
and safety assessment workshops. Input from the operational personnel
was an integral part of the process.
The procedure previously in use at the site involved a rigidly
applied process for hazard identification and safety assessment,
and a system of hyperlinked word documents for recording the process.
Operational personnel expressed their concerns regarding the inflexibility
of the process and the complexity of the recording system.
Nine Lives Risk Manager was well
received by operators and used to demonstrate compliance with
the relevant sections of the Victorian Occupational Health and
Safety (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations 2000.
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