If a hydrocarbon release does occur, we can often reduce or eliminate the worst of the potential consequences by avoiding ignition. Minimising the likelihood of ignition can make a big difference in avoiding fatalities. Some sources of ignition may be quite obvious, like hot work or nearby fired heaters, but others are less clear. They can include hot work, static electricity, pyrophoric materials, ingestion into generators or other fired equipment, hot surfaces, lightning, defective electrical equipment and vehicles.
🔺 We identify, eliminate, or control the full range of potential ignition sources during task risk assessments and during job preparation and execution.
🔺 We minimise and challenge ignition sources even in“non-hazardous” areas.
🔺 We eliminate ignition sources during breakingcontainment and start-up and shutdown operations.
PSF We Control Ignition Sources Video
Joined-up Thinking film
A pack including an animated film which highlights some sources of ignition which, if they find a hydrocarbon, could cause fire or explosion.
Scaffolders Detect Leak
A team of scaffolders were working in a process plant and heard and smelled something they thought was a gas leak.
Preventing Static Discharge
Investigations have found that static discharge was a contributing factor in a number of flash-fire incidents that resulted in injuries and damage to facilities
High Value Learning
Lube oil tank damage due to overpressure
A failure of a diesel engine driven fire pump clutch occurred during routine pump start up.