Safety challenges in harsh environments: Lessons learned

Faisal Khan, Salim Ahmed, Ming Yang, S. Javad Hashemi, Susan Caines, Dan Oldford

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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 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, the human factors add another set of challenges that arise from the physical and psychological behavior of plant personnel in harsh and remote environments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference on Process Safety 2013, APCPS 2013
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781510817159
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event1st CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference on Process Safety, APCPS 2013 - Qingdao, China
Duration: Sep 4 2013Sep 5 2013


Conference1st CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference on Process Safety, APCPS 2013


  • Harsh environment
  • Human factor
  • Process safety
  • Risk analysis
  • Winterization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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