Barrier management is a framework for the identification of major accident risks and continuous risk management throughout a complete asset lifecycle. Integrity management ensures that systems, operational procedures, and organizations perform their function effectively and efficiently to avoid incidents and accidents. Integrity management comprises a variety of risk assessments, including barrier management, integrated design reviews, risk-based maintenance, and obsolescence management.
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Barrier Management Related Studies
Barrier Strategy Development
Barrier strategy development involves establishing a strategy for how a project or asset operation will manage the accident risk, and to ensure that barriers are designed and maintained to ensure an acceptable risk level.
Bow tie diagrams are powerful tools for managing major accident hazards and communication of key risk drivers. It typically involves creating a bow-tie diagram, which illustrates the chain of causes and consequences related to a hazard, and its barriers and mitigating measures.
Performance standards are requirement specifications established for barrier functions or elements, as input for design and operation of a system. Among others, performance standards can give requirements related to reliability, maintenance and operability.
Risk-based maintenance (RBM) is a maintenance strategy that prioritizes risk-sensitive systems and machinery, applicable for all industries. An RBM helps businesses to plan maintenance processes based on the probability of failure, possible effects (consequences), and calculated costs.
Barrier Management System Implementation
Barrier management system implementation involves establishing and maintaining barriers in a facility so that risks can be managed and operational excellence can be achieved. It involves establishing place technical, operational and organizational barriers against major accidents or incidents, and ensure that the barriers are maintained throughout the asset lifecycle.
Optimization of Test Intervals
The probability of failure of machinery or safety critical systems largely depends on the frequency of testing or preventive maintenance. Optimization of test intervals involves determining the optimum maintenance or test tasks that ensures high reliability, and at the same time minimizing downtime. Optimization of test intervals is typically performed in conjunction with performance monitoring of Safety Instrumented Systems.
Obsolescence describes a situation in which a part, equipment, or service is no longer available even when it is still needed. Obsolescence management helps organizations to forecast, monitor, and plan when they are at risk of having obsolete parts, service, or equipment. It helps to reduce the risks associated with obsolescence.
Root Cause Analysis
Root cause describes a factor that caused a non-conformance in a system, component, or organization. A root cause analysis (RCA) is a problem-solving process that is used to identify these factors and provide approaches to preventing them. It may also provide means of responding to them.
Integrated Design Reviews (IDR)
Integrated Design Review (IDR) is a method used to scrutinize project interface, and is efficient for projects and assets with multiple stakeholders. This methodology focuses on the functionality of an integrated facility, and it aims to mitigate risks and ensure safe and efficient operations in these facilities.
Risk-based Inspection (RBI)
Risk-based inspection (RBI) involves quantitative and qualitative assessment of the probability of failure, possible consequences, and costs associated with systems and machinery. The information obtained from this assessment help business to determine design flaws and potential damages, as well as the location of possible dangers resulting from failures.