AMMONIA PROCESS SAFETY MANAGEMENT
AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com
engineers assist fertilizer manufacturers
in overcoming their Process Safety Management challenges
in an effective and efficient manner, with a clear understanding of the requirements of sound PSM program design and implementation specifically for nitrogen fertilizer technologies.
Simply speaking, we help operators to answer the following questions:
- What can go wrong?
- What systems must we have in place to prevent this happening?
- Can we make our systems work even more effectively?
We are involved in commissioning, start-up, operation and maintenance consultancy of ammonia and urea plants and ammonia storage facilities around the world. We’ve come across multiple incidents and reliability issues, so we develop a tool to improve safety and reliability of all nitrogen fertilizer plants worldwide. We call it: FIORDA.
FIORDA is the Fertilizer Industry Operational Risk Database, a database for fertilizer manufacturers with mission to improve safety and reliability performance of fertilizer plants by collecting and exchanging process safety data among the participating companies and acting as focal point for co-ordination and management of safety risks and reliability issues.
FIORDA Case Studies
documented case studies
preventive solutions identified
mitigation methods recorded
recommendation for improvement
What else do we do to promote Process Safety in fertilizer industry?
AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com promote compliance with health, safety and environment standards and good business practices in the ammonia and urea industry. The effects of safety incidents do not necessarily stop at the plants gates but can impact the environment outside the enterprise. In addition to the human cost and material damage, the reputation of the ammonia and urea operations can be significantly impaired if safety is not managed appropriately.
We use our own experience in developing guidances aimed to inform both stakeholders and employees in the nitrogen fertilizer industry of the hazards at different stages of the operations chain as well as recommended good safety practices to minimize the associated risks. "Prevention is better than cure" and effective safety promotion starts by getting things right within the plants management and operations.
We publish periodical articles that we believe will contribute to the process of sharing safety expertise as widely available as possible within the global nitrogen fertilizer industry, so as to encourage continuous safety improvement throughout the world and to promote good industry practices:
PROCESS SAFETY TOOLS AND GUIDANCE
Many companies face major challenges related to the speed at which operations have to be installed, the manpower downsizing often required, the environmental pressures which may cause process changes, in some cases the aging of plant, and in other cases the acquisition of other company sites. Despite all the challenges, a company must ensure that safety management is adequate and, if possible, compatible between one site and another, so that performance standards can be established and maintained.
A commitment to process safety excellence and safe operations has long been part of our expertise. Based on our extensive experience in ammonia and urea industry, we developed various tools that will help industry professionals build and operate more effective process safety management systems:
AMMONIA & UREA TRAINING
Ammonia and Urea process safety training is an effective tool for anyone working in an industrial facility who needs to understand and develop their knowledge of process safety hazards and risks and their management. Our extensive experience in the fields of ammonia and urea fertilizer industries helped us to develop and promote different training courses for personnel at all levels including general technical staff and engineers through to team leaders and senior management; anyone who would like to develop their understanding of process safety can benefit from our training programs.
Our training programs feature a problem-based learning approach that provides a collaborative job-focused experience to accelerate skill development and helps develop a holistic understanding of a ammonia Process Safety Management (ammonia PSM) system. Participants will learn how to identify and apply procedural requirements to manage the technology, facilities and personnel parts of PSM requirements; compare best-practice requirements to actual documented risk hazards, incidents and solutions; transfer in-class diagnostic strategies to job-related hazard and safety decisions.
Active participation with workshops and the discussion of numerous practical safety and reliability cases are part of our Training Programs.
AMMONIA INDUSTRY ARTICLES
Recent and historical incidents have highlighted the importance of having a clear understanding of the principles of process safety management throughout an organisation. AmmoniaKnowHow.com developed a habit of publishing industry related articles and technical papers, helping those involved in ammonia industry fully understand the process safety system of identification, evaluation and mitigation or prevention of chemical releases that could occur as a result of failures in process, procedures or equipment; in other words, we help industry professionals to obtain an effective overview on ammonia PSM.
We believe that sharing knowledge by constant publishing of relevant articles can enhance the ammonia Process Safety Management (ammonia PSM) awareness and contribute to ammonia and urea industry employees working together to identify the root causes of accidents, minimizing risks and prevent incidents from repeating.
NITROGEN FERTILIZER INDUSTRY CONFERENCES
As an industry branch, we share information with each other in a number of ways - for example, about industry incidents, mitigation solutions, training programs or knowledge about practices and ideas. Conferences are an incredibly important tool not only for the individual, but also for the industry as a whole.
NITROGEN FERTILIZER INDUSTRY LEGISLATION
Even though ammonia production, from its overall environmental impact, is considered a "rather clean technology", characterized by low emissions and low energy consumption as well as little or no global warming potential, a review of recent ammonia-related incidents underscores the need for a continued sense of vulnerability with respect to these hazards. An effective risk management program, and continued sharing of case studies and lessons learned, can help mitigate these hazards. Therefore, we keep up to date with all industry related pieces of legislation and global regulations.