The Case for HAZOP – Minimizing Effort and Increasing Longevity
Stephanie Smith, PE
Senior Engineer, Risk Management Professionals
Should the hazard and operability (HAZOP) methodology be considered the industry standard for hazard reviews (HRs) and process hazard analyses (PHAs)? The topic is currently the focus of a vigorous debate in the industrial refrigeration industry. While there are advocates for and against employing HAZOP methodology, this paper will argue that the benefits generally outweigh the costs.