Major process accidents: Their characteristics, assessment, and management of the associated risks

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Abstract

Major process accidents continue to occur with the advancement of modern process systems. Major process accidents should not be viewed as Black Swan and can be predicted and prevented. This paper investigates the characteristics of process accidents. Based on which, a method for the diagnosis and classification of accidents is proposed. The proposed tool is applied to the Bhopal accident and the swine flu event. The case studies verify the effectiveness and applicability of the proposed tool. To tackle major process accidents, conventional risk assessment and management approaches are inapplicable without adaption. Enormous research work is needed to develop new generation of methods and tools that enable safer process systems and operations. Knowledge and technological gaps are identified in this perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-275
JournalProcess Safety Progress
Volume37
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

Keywords

  • Pocess systems
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Black swan
  • Accident classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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