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The HSE states that good practice is the generic term for standards for controlling risk, which have been judged and recognised by the HSE as satisfying the law, when applied to a relevant case in an appropriate manner. Sources of written, recognised good practice include HSC Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) and HSE Guidance but other sources may come from government departments, standards organisations and trade bodies.

Where hazards are low, often the risk assessment has been carried out by others and compiled into good practice guidance.  Implementation and compliance with good practice guidance in the vast majority of these cases will reduce the risk to levels that are deemed ALARP.

However, for major accident hazards where large numbers of people can be harmed or significant damage to the environment can occur in a single event, compliance with relevant good practice alone may not be enough to comply with the law. In such cases where the circumstances are not fully within the scope of the good practice, additional measures may be required to reduce the risks to ALARP. These measures may relate to plant and process design, methods of operation, maintenance, etc.

Many companies find it difficult to keep up-to-date with changes to guidance that occur over time, e.g. because of changes in technology, new understanding, tolerance for risk, and so forth.

Our multi-disciplined team of consultants and consulting engineers can help you to carry out reviews against relevant good practice guidance related EHS and process safety in design. This includes guidance relating to:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Process design and basis of safety
  • Engineering design and basis of safety
  • Control of environmental emissions
  • Risk assessment processes for determining prevention, control and mitigation measures
  • Inspection, testing and maintenance of process plant, equipment and protective devices
  • Standard operating procedure (SOP) design
  • Emergency response
  • Competence management
  • Management of change

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