H&S Operational Efficiency: Plant turnaround
Hazardous chemicals that pose a risk to humans are normally safely transported within the process but obviously during plant turnaround this is no longer the case. As lines and reaction vessels are opened they pose a significant risk of over-exposure, without appropriate control measures.
Concentrations can be several hundred (or even thousand) times higher than the occupational exposure limit (OEL)!
The workforce increases many fold too and the clock is ticking to get the plant back up and running on time (time literally is money2). This also increases the potential risk due to the sheer numbers of contractors that presents an H&S management challenge.
Remember the old adage you can’t manage what you don’t measure? Well, it is not surprising that monitoring instrument sales peak at this time according to Gary Smith, Export manager for Ion Science, a leading manufacturer of photoionization detectors (PID).
PIDs are a proven solution for fixed, portable or personal monitoring applications of VOCs across the whole plant at any time during normal production or turnaround.