DEKRA Process Safety

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Costs and Benefits of Process Safety

The traditional approach to the prevention of major accidents has consisted of balancing the potential cost of process accidents with prevention expenditures, as if there were an optimum, an exact proportion that should be committed to the prevention of such events whose probability of occurrence is generally so small that it distorts the proper risk perception within an organization, despite regular media coverage of these large industrial disasters.

As the frequency of such events is expressed in one over tens or even hundreds of years, well in excess of a human life or professional career, it is easy to fall into the cognitive bias which involves adopting a fatalistic view of these accidents in the same way as one regards natural disasters, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

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Preventing and Protecting Against Dust Explosions in the Food Industry

The risk of explosion in food processing plants may go dangerously undetected. Understandably, the problem is virtually unknown outside the chemical industry, but even within the industry it doesn’t typically get the attention it deserves. This is a precarious state of affairs, since the overwhelming majority of powders in the food industry can form dust clouds that are prone to explosion under the right conditions. This focus article addresses ways to approach dust explosion risk in the food industry and looks at the importance of experienced laboratory testing to determine dust explosion hazards.

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10 Common Misconceptions Regarding the Mechanical Integrity of Your Industrial Assets

The purpose of this whitepaper is to review some of the misconceptions that commonly distort our judgment on the integrity status of plant assets. One of the objectives of this article is to raise awareness and support the implementation of an efficient mechanical integrity (MI) program within your organization. This will help to facilitate optimal management of inspections and maintenance - and enhance the efficiency of the anomaly management within your facilities.

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Dust Explosions - The Nature of the Problem and Practical Measures for It's Control

DEKRA Process Safety's expert, Steve Luzik's 2018 Powder & Bulk Solids Show presentation, "Dust Explosions - The Nature of the Problem and Practical Measures for It's Control" can be viewed/downloaded here.

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Safety Requirements for Energetic Materials in the Semiconductor Industry

Since 2013, the SEMI safety guideline for use of energetic materials in semiconductor industries has been under development. The final document may be adopted by late 2018. The new safety guideline aims to establish a minimum set of safety criteria for the procurement, storage, handling, and use of energetic materials in semiconductor R&D and manufacturing processes in all phases of
use. It is intended to reflect industry best practices at the time of its publication.

Laboratory Testing

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We operate one of DEKRA's world premier chemical process hazards laboratories. Process safety testing is used to develop the data on which fire and explosion hazard assessments and incident investigations should be based.

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