Since past solutions may no longer be sufficient, safety professionals are often employed to guide producers through the identification of potential safety risks and the maze of requirements for developing a functional safety system meeting either the company standard. Acceptable risk levels and specific risks are determined through a Process Hazard Analysis, which becomes the basis for a Safety Requirements Specification. This document serves as a guide for developing a system to mitigate risks at one of the Safety Integrity Levels. Such safety systems traditionally have built-in diagnostics and a means to test the integrity of field loops, but maintenance personnel are generally required to manually test each safety loop periodically. The useful diagnostics generated by today’s smart field instrumentation and control devices are rarely incorporated in such systems, leaving the offshore platform exposed to unidentified hazards and unplanned shutdowns.
GEX integrated, reliable, easy to use, and cost-effective approach to Smart Safety is focused on maintaining safe operations while optimizing production and avoiding unplanned shutdowns.
Our experienced and certified functional safety personnel are highly qualified to advise producers regarding the development and implementation of flexible safety systems that are less complex, increase the visibility of the process, optimize reliability, and simplify regulatory compliance. Intelligent instrumentation operating within the digital plant architecture extends the fault coverage envelope by providing predictive real-time diagnostics to detect anomalies, a major factor in assuring long-term reliability with safe operations. Device alerts make operating personnel aware when decisive action must be taken to address deteriorating conditions in critical equipment. This use of real-time diagnostic information improves safety by exposing unstable and potentially dangerous conditions to avoid serious incidents with unexpected downtime.