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Process Safety and Risk Management

Bureau Veritas Industry - Structural and Equipment Vibration Services Overview

"Practical process safety and risk management over the entire asset lifecycle."


Bureau Veritas Industry - Process Safety and Risk Management


  • Process Safety Management
  • Risk Assessments
  • Accident and Incident Investigations
  • Pre-Start Up Safety Reviews (PSSR)
  • Emergency Planning and Response

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Modern equipment codes and the increasing expertise of plant designers and operators have gone a long way toward minimising major accident hazards. In recent times, the public and government are pressuring plant owners to improve the safety of their processes to protect their workers, the community, and the environment. 

Companies often need to increase the speed of their operations or an installation, downsize their staff, or attend to environmental pressures that require changes to their processes. Other companies may have aging facilities or are in the process of acquiring properties and buildings. In these cases, there is a larger potential for accidents, and further planning and hazard management is required to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

No matter what challenges companies face, they must still ensure that they have adequate risk management processes in place. These standards should be compatible between each facility and each site so that everyone knows and understands what is expected and required in these situations. 



What is process safety and risk management?
Process safety and risk management is a part of an overall safety management plan and focuses on major hazards that impact safety, environmental damage and business loss.

What are the key benefits?
Major benefits of an effective process safety and risk management programme include:

  • Effective hazard identification and risk management;
  • Improved productivity and continuity of operations;
  • Improved employee retention, public perception and corporate image;
  • Reduced costs by preventing disruptions, stoppages and lost orders;
  • Increased safety and environmental performance;
  • Reduced exposure to and costs relating to lawsuits, penalties, public liability claims, and hikes in insurance premiums;
  • Reduced exposure to regulatory fines, penalties or citations;
  • Improved employee morale and attitude towards health and safety; and
  • Skills development that can be applied to other areas of the organisation.

It is important that these principles are applied throughout the asset lifecycle to fully take advantage of the benefits. This will ensure the safe management of facilities and the achievement of acceptable levels of business risk to meet industry regulations. Process safety and risk management services help to improve operability, productivity, stability and quality output, which in turn lead to the specification of safeguards against undesirable events.

Bureau Veritas Industry helps clients implement the necessary procedures and systems throughout a plant to prevent unwanted releases that could ignite and cause toxic impacts, local fires, or explosions in the facility or nearby premises. 



At Bureau Veritas Industry, our tried and tested approach to process safety and risk management involves a number of tools that are used at different points within the asset’s lifecycle. We understand that every client and every situation has different requirements, so we tailor our services to our client needs. In general, we:

  • Conduct process risk assessments by identifying and quantifying process hazards and risks;
  • Review management and operating systems effectiveness; and
  • Conduct audits to verify compliance with applicable regulations and industry best practices.

We advise clients about what studies are appropriate at any stage of the asset’s lifecycle and respond to client requests for specific work or for enhancements to their process safety and risk management programme. 



Bureau Veritas Industry is widely recognised as a world leader in many elements of process safety and risk management. Our process safety and risk management services and technologies address the diverse safety and risk management needs of our clients.

  • Process safety management (PSM)
  • Risk assessments
  • Accident and incident investigations
  • Pre-start up safety reviews (PSSR)
  • Emergency planning and response 


Bureau Veritas Industry - Process Safety and Risk Management


  • Oil and Gas
  • Chemical and petrochemical
  • Mining
  • Power Generation
  • Processing / manufacturing industry



For details about this service, please contact Bureau Veritas Industry:

Pieter Coetzer - Technical Centre Manager - Bureau Veritas IndustryPieter Coetzer
Technical Centre Manager

Mobile: +27(0) 83 793 3229
Office: +27(0) 13 932 5449 (Bronkhorstspruit)
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