BakerRisk has over 30 years of experience in supporting clients who are involved with hazardous operations, and with explosive, flammable, reactive and toxic materials. Our focus is to provide integrated engineering, consulting and testing services to assist clients in identifying, quantifying, and managing hazards and risks. The pulp and paper industry is involved with hazardous materials and operations including toxic materials, flammable and explosive materials, dust hazards, corrosion and material failure issues, fire and electrical hazards, pressurized equipment, and mechanical integrity/reliability. BakerRisk has the capabilities and experience to effectively support the pulp and paper industry, and to improve the safety, security, reliability and performance of pulp and paper operations.

Audit and Protocol Development
  • Development of programs for Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Programs (RMP), including corporate policies, and guidance documents for programs such as mechanical integrity, pre start-up safety reviews, and operating procedures
  • Process safety audits and gap analysis
  • Training programs for PSM compliance and US OSHA regulatory inspections and audits, including technical and legal support
Hazard Identification
  • Chemical process and hazard reviews, including operations involving chlorine, chlorine dioxide, fuming sulfuric acid, liquid sulfur dioxide, flammable liquids and gases, pressure operations, and fire and explosion hazards
  • Dust and explosion hazard reviews
  • Fire protection reviews and analysis
Consequence & Risk Assessment Studies
  • Quantitative risk assessments
  • Handling and storage of chlorine, chlorine dioxide, sulfuric acid, and sulfur dioxide
  • Toxic, fire and explosion hazards
  • Consequence and risk studies for potential hazards to offsite populations
Safety Instrumented Systems
  • Safety Integrity Level (SIL) and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) work for processes involving toxic, flammable and explosive materials
  • Specific guidance policies for significant hazards, including toxic materials
  • Mechanical integrity guidance for inspections, corrosion hazards, and pressure operations
Testing
  • Fitness for service for equipment subject to corrosion, high temperature and pressure operations
Best Practices
  • Failure mode and hazard analysis reviews for process units and loading/handling areas
  • Development of guidelines for inspection and testing, key elements of PSM such as pre start-up safety reviews and mechanical integrity, operating manuals and procedures, and fire and chemical suppression systems
  • Mechanical integrity and reliability reviews for hazardous process operations
  • Materials compatibility assessments for corrosive materials
Risk Reduction Evaluation and Support
  • Analysis and mitigation of process hazards, including Process Hazards Analysis and Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)
  • Recommendations for explosion hazards mitigation, including facility layout and location of hazardous operations
  • Deluge system designs for release of toxic and flammable materials
  • Refined analysis based on human factors and safety systems in handling and storage of toxic materials
  • Insurance risk engineering studies and security vulnerability assessments.
Post-Incident Investigations
  • Incident investigations, including cause analysis, site management, response to regulatory agencies, testing, mechanical failure analysis, and litigation support
  • Metallurgical failure analysis of process, piping and storage equipment
  • Estimation of toxic releases (dispersion) and explosion damage
  • Estimation of fuel mass based upon blast effects

 

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