American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Managing Process Hazards in Lab-Scale Pilot Plant for Safe Operation

Hanida Abdul Aziz, Azmi Mohd Shariff and Mohd Rafizie Roslan

DOI : 10.3844/ajeassp.2012.84.88

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Volume 5, Issue 1

Pages 84-88


In spite of the OSHA Laboratory and Hazards Communication Standards, incidents which result in injuries and property loss continue to occur in the research and teaching locations. Application of Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) of OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) to laboratory pilot plant operations has the potential to further reduce risk associated with this location. However, a major challenge is unavailability of the easy and effective system to comply with PHA requirements. This study presents a system to manage the implementation of PHA in pilot plant namely Process Hazards Management for Lab Scale Pilot Plant (PHM-LabPP). It provides organized strategies to manage and track information, documents, recommendations and corrective actions related to the process hazards. Application of PHM-LabPP at High Gravitational Natural Gas pilot plant as a case study is examined and discussed. The implementation of this system could help end users to overcome inadequate of managing and controlling process hazards in pilot plant that had contributed to numbers of accidents.


© 2012 Hanida Abdul Aziz, Azmi Mohd Shariff and Mohd Rafizie Roslan. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.