Layer of protection analysis (LOPA) is a semiquantitative tool for analyzing and assessing process risk. The tool has grown greatly in popularity and usefulness since the publication of the first CCPS/AIChE guidebook on the subject, Layer of Protection Analysis, Simplified Process Risk Assessment (LOPA). This article is a summary of a new CCPS guideline book that includes the following:
Initiating events (IEs).
Independent protection layers (IPLs).
Criteria for identifying the value of each prospective IE and prospective IPL.
Example IE and IPL data.
This book is a necessary reference for those applying the LOPA methodology. © 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Process Saf Prog, 2009