Hazard Identification Studies (HAZID)

Most government licensing authorities require operating companies to carry out Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) hazard identification (HAZID) studies during the design of facilities, as well as prior to construction and during operation. Company corporate requirements also cover HAZID studies.


Hazard studies carried out late in the design phase, such as Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP), often identify safety and environmental issues that can cause project delays or costly design changes. Therefore, many clients require a HAZID study during early design so that hazards can be avoided or reduced.


What is HAZID?

A HAZID study is a tool for hazard identification used early in a project as soon as process flow diagrams, draft heat & mass balances, and plot layouts are available. Sources of external hazard, such as existing site infrastructure, weather, and geotechnical data, are also required. The method is a design-enabling tool, acting to help organise the HSE deliverables in a project. The structured brainstorming technique typically involves the designer and client personnel engineering disciplines, project management, commissioning and operations. The major findings and hazard risk ratings help to deliver HSE compliance, and form part of the project Risk Register required by many licensing authorities and corporate standards.


Our approach for HAZID

Bureau Veritas believes that hazard identification is an integral part of the feasibility study and design of hazardous facilities. Bureau Veritas supplies all of the administrative arrangements for hazard studies, including the meeting’s Chairman and Secretary, the computer software support and offsite meeting venues, if appropriate. Our Hazard Register tool simplifies both the identification of hazards and compilation of a Hazards Register. The company provides consistent reporting formats and action response auditing to ensure that issues have been addressed to meet the project schedule.


Why choose Bureau Veritas for HAZID?

Bureau Veritas has planned and delivered over 500 HAZID’s and similar studies worldwide, by engineers and technologists who understand your business and culture.


Bureau Veritas has eight technical centres and many other offices in regions where oil and gas companies have exploration, production, storage, and distribution facilities, enhancing Bureau Veritas’ delivery of effective hazard studies.


Bureau Veritas also provides personnel to participate in HAZID studies as discipline engineer or independent HSE specialist when that is appropriate to the client or designer.


How long does a HAZID take?

For the installation of an oil & gas unit on an existing site, typically two to five days. However it is dependent on the size and complexity of your facility. Essentially we will calculate the duration based upon the number of P&IDs (Process & Instrumentation Diagrams) which need to be covered, and the experience of the individuals involved in the workshop.


Can you advise what type of hazard study are required for a project in our location?

Yes, we can advise on legislative requirements and good practice compliance.

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