8 Crucial Steps To A Safe Petrochemical Site

September 23, 2019

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Many industrial facilities are dangerous to lone workers, but petrochemical sites are some of the most hazardous. Although overall injuries and deaths have fallen over the past few decades (due in large part to comprehensive safety legislation), there is still an ever-present risk of a serious accident occurring. Added to this, petrochemical sites tend to present their own set of challenges that make it especially difficult to quickly detect and respond to an emergency. These include the sheer size of many sites, obstructed sightlines caused by buildings and large equipment, coupled with loud noises that can drown out alarms or calls for help. On top of this, complex machinery can present its own hazards whilst simultaneously demanding heavy concentration from workers at all times, lessening their ability to notice or respond to safety problems. Even control room staff may be distracted by pressing issues, with their workload sometimes causing alarms to be miscategorised or even forgotten.

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