Stopford have featured again in this month’s Tank Storage Association newsletter issued today. This went out to 22 companies operating ~300 terminals in the UK and ROI. Stopford’s article focused on risk reduction strategies at fuel storage facilities using a bow tie method. Below is our article or follow this link to the full newsletter.
Stopford Energy & Environment
Risk Reduction at Fuel Storage Facilities
A robust design and effective operative measures will reduce the risk of disaster, including loss of containment, at fuel storage facilities. The likelihood of harm or ‘risk’ can be managed and reduced through good design and effective site management.
A bow tie is an excellent tool to visualise what barriers are in place to prevent a hazardous scenario from occurring. In the diagram below, the hazardous scenario at the centre is a loss of containment. The left-hand side shows the proactive barriers and on the right-hand side are the reactive barriers, which prevent a loss of containment in resulting in more serious consequences such as a fire or environmental damage. Using a simple diagram, the key barriers for each hazardous scenario are immediately identified so that the effectiveness of these barriers can be maintained to minimise the possibility of the hazard occurring. The barriers can be colour coded to show how effective they are so that remedial work can be easily prioritised. It is important that each barrier is fully effective i.e. it stops the hazard occurring, and is independent.
Stopford can help you maintain the effectiveness of all your safety critical barriers; we are experts in all the areas identified above on the bow tie. We have extensive experience in the fuel storage and handling industry, from front end design to detailed design and construction. This, coupled with our extensive process safety and environmental experience, allows us to provide expert, comprehensive solutions to the fuel storage industry.
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