With more than 30 years of experience in engineering consulting services for the Chemical and Pharmaceutical industry, BakerRisk is in a unique position to provide guidance and support in both leading edge risk assessment and risk management. BakerRisk has performed thousands of projects for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry across a broad portfolio of services. Examples of BakerRisk projects include:

Audit and Protocol Development
  • Development of programs for Process Safety Management (PSM) including corporate policies, and guidance documents for programs such as mechanical integrity, management of change (MOC), and operating procedures
  • Process safety audits and gap analysis
  • Training programs for PSM compliance, US OSHA regulatory inspections, and OSHA PSM audits, including technical and legal support
Hazard Identification
  • Process Hazards Analyses
  • Explosion hazard reviews
  • Fire protection analysis
Consequence & Risk Assessment Studies
  • Quantitative risk assessments (QRA) and consequence analyses of chemical/pharmaceutical operations, including hazards special to indoor operations and pilot plants
  • API-752/753/756 (building siting) compliance
  • API-520/521 (pressure relief valve) design/compliance
  • Consequence and risk studies for potential hazards to offsite populations
  • Major hazard vulnerability assessment and evaluation
  • Assistance in developing building siting standards and risk criteria
  • Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis
  • Security and Vulnerability Assessments and support of scenario analysis for CFATS
  • Vulnerability assessments of critical equipment and hazard mitigation systems to accidental blast loads
Safety Instrumented Systems
  • Safety Integrity Level (SIL) and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) for critical safeguards
  • Specific guidance policies for significant hazards
  • Mechanical integrity guidance
  • Leak tightness testing for shelter in-place/safe haven assessment and improvement
  • Critical relief valve bench testing
  • Fire water system capacity testing
  • Shock tube testing of window and door systems, fire protection coverings, ventilation systems, and potential building upgrades
Best Practices
  • Failure mode and hazard analysis reviews for process units and loading/handling areas
  • Development of guidelines for designated safe havens and shelter-in-place procedures
  • Mechanical integrity and reliability reviews for hazardous process units
  • Materials compatibility assessments related to high temperature hydrogen attack (HTHA), cold embrittlement and other damage mechanisms common to the refining industry
Risk Reduction Evaluation and Support
  • Analysis and mitigation of process hazards, including Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)
  • Recommendations for explosion hazards mitigation, plant building locations and design, building upgrades, and blast hardened building design
  • Deluge system designs for flammables or toxic release mitigation
  • Prioritization and closure of PHA and other safety-related action items
Post-Incident Investigations
  • Incident investigations for many of the major process industry incidents of the past 20 years, including cause analysis, site management, response to regulatory agencies, testing, mechanical failure analysis, and litigation support
  • Metallurgical failure analysis of process equipment
  • Estimation of deflagration to detonation transition
  • Estimation of fuel mass based upon blast effects, for both vapor and dust explosion events
Loss Prevention Engineering
  • Loss Control Audits
  • Fire Protection Review
  • Hazardous Area Classification using BakerRisk’s proprietary HACTool
Capital Project Support
  • Equipment and Building Layout
  • Flammable and toxic release detection optimization
  • Fire Protection Reviews


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