Although there have been huge technical strides in process safety over the last twenty years, there is still a gap between the current practice of many firms and what could be called good safety engineering practice . This book will identify where some of these gaps exist. The book also seeks to provide an introduction to the opportunities to bridge those gaps through applying various functional safety management tools. It is written at the introductory level to provide engineers and engineering managers with a basic understanding of what they can do to both improve safety and reduce costs. However, to achieve both of these goals, proper support from management, engineering, operations, maintenance, and process safety professionals is needed. The objective is to make these good safety engineering practices the norm.What is good safety engineering practice? It is the creation and effective use of safety lifecycle procedures and practices to prevent systematic and random flaws from jeopardizing plant safety. Safety equipment and support tools have made significant progress in the last fifteen to twenty years now the high quality assessment, design, operations, and maintenance procedures need to embrace these advancements and take full advantage of them.But just creating the procedures is not the cure all. The fact that even the earlier process industry safety lifecycle standard released in 1996 lacked these planning and coordination elements strongly suggests that management had not fully bought into the complete lifecycle concept. The objective of the first chapter Why Embrace the New ISA 84 is to show that with good management support, functional safety can (and should) benefit the bottom line. The rest of the book then covers functional safety management and each safety lifecycle step, providing information and advice on how to put everything together to achieve positive results most effectively. If done properly, applying the new standard should give you a safer and more economical plant operation and this book will have served its purpose.
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