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Chemical plant gets help to achieve safety compliance

07 September 2019

Following a safety review, Tennants Fine Chemicals Ltd (TFC), which produces over 24,000 tons of liquid chemicals each year, has invested in a programme of continuous improvements, at its UK-based plant in Staffordshire, to ensure compliance with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) audit findings.

To meet the HSE benchmark for managing on-site risks, the liquid chemicals manufacturer enlisted the help of Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC), to support major incident planning as part of the review under the COMAH audit programme.
A functional safety expert, ESC works in upstream/downstream oil & gas, as well as power, chemical and bio-containment facilities, supplying safety solutions and consultancy to help protect operations in the manufacturing and processing sectors.
ESC provided the TFC with support tailored to its specific requirements,  a combination of training services, such as  FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland), C&I technician, ProSET, HAZOP combined with FS Support along with regular on-site consultancy by ESC’s safety experts.

This help has been invaluable in enabling TFC to take the actions required by HSE to manage its assets more safely.

Mike Turner, site engineering manager at TFC, said: “The technical challenge of IEC 61511 (Functional Safety – Safety Instrumented Systems for the process industry sector) should not be underestimated. ESC has an in-depth knowledge of these standards and can also bring a wealth of experience in their application, avoiding many potential issues.  
“Having the support of a locally-based industry expert was a major advantage as it meant the team could work far more efficiently and to a higher standard. TFC has now been able to significantly improve its compliance position with HSE and can undertake much of the work required to maintain the process.”

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