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Safety challenges in harsh environments: Lessons learned

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  • Faisal Khan,

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    1. Safety and Risk Engineering Group, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada
    2. Australian Maritime College, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia
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  • Salim Ahmed,

    1. Safety and Risk Engineering Group, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada
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  • Ming Yang,

    1. Safety and Risk Engineering Group, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada
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  • Seyed Javad Hashemi,

    1. Safety and Risk Engineering Group, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada
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  • Susan Caines,

    1. Safety and Risk Engineering Group, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada
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  • Samith Rathnayaka,

    1. Safety and Risk Engineering Group, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada
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  • Dan Oldford

    1. ABS Harsh Environment Technology Center, NL, Canada
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  • This article was presented in AIChE 1st CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference on Process Safety, Qingdao, China, September 4–5, 2013.

  • This work was supported by Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University; ABS; VALE; Wood Group PSN; RDC; NSERC.

Abstract

Development of natural resources in harsh environments presents significant technical and logistical challenges. An industrial workshop on “safety and integrity management of operations in harsh environments” was organized by the safety and risk engineering group at Memorial University of Newfoundland to bring together industrial practitioners, regulatory authorities, and research and development institutions to identify the safety and integrity challenges in harsh environments, share experience, and develop a roadmap for desired solutions. This article summarizes the lessons learned from the workshop on safety issues in harsh environments. The workshop identified that there are safety challenges regarding construction and operation including a lack of detailed standards, optimization with respect to winterization, and data scarcity. The remoteness of operations in harsh environments is an additional challenge. Finally, human factors add another set of challenges that arise from the physical and psychological behavior of personnel in harsh and remote environments. © 2014 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Process Saf Prog 34: 191–195, 2015

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