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

Hanida Abdul Aziz1, Azmi Mohd Shariff1 and Mohd Rafizie Roslan1
  • 1 University Technology Petronas, Malaysia
American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 5 No. 1, 2012, 84-88


Submitted On: 25 October 2011 Published On: 26 May 2012

How to Cite: Aziz, H. A., Shariff, A. M. & Roslan, M. R. (2012). Managing Process Hazards in Lab-Scale Pilot Plant for Safe Operation. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 5(1), 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.

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  • Process hazard management
  • process hazard analysis
  • pilot-plant
  • process safety management
  • process hazards