BakerRisk’s professional engineering staff serve on a range of key industry bodies including NFPA committees, API committees, and CCPS project committees. This creates a network that provides additional insight and experience to our consultants and gives our clients the confidence that hazard identification studies are conducted the right way, every time. We understand that compliance with regulations and recommended practices may be an overwhelming task, but our professionals help you navigate through industry and corporate requirements to develop effective risk mitigation strategies to help keep your personnel safe.

Hazard Identification is a general term for the documentation of hazards that can arise in a processing facility. Though there are many variations of hazard identification, they are all similar in that the discussion is driven by a multi-disciplinary team with familiarity in the facility design, maintenance, and operations. Hazard identification services can be performed at any stage in a project or process lifecycle:

  • Planning/Design Phase

  • Detailed Design

  • Operation

  • Managed Change

  • Decomissioning

The hazard identification method is selected based on the information available, lifecycle phase, and specific objectives.

BakerRisk provides a range of Hazard Identification services, which are tailored to our clients’ requirements for a given study. As a company, we ensure adherence to client and industry standards to provide defensible and consistent studies. Leveraging a diverse body of industry expertise across BakerRisk, our facilitators routinely meet with in-house subject matter experts to discuss a variety of technical topics as well as draw from those sources on specific client concerns. Our facilitators participate in advanced in-house training to continually provide the highest quality services. Unlike many companies that perform Hazard Identification studies, BakerRisk can provide technical scribes with a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise to support the facilitators and project team members.

BakerRisk can facilitate the high-level discussion and documentation of hazards in either the preliminary or conceptual design phases. The most frequent methodologies used are What-If, Structured What-If, and HazID checklist. These methods document hazards unique to the process, engineering design requirements, and possible hazard control measures. This information is used to develop a design that is safer and easier to operate.

BakerRisk can also facilitate more detailed hazard identification studies, utilizing methods such as HAZOP, Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA), Event Tree, and Bow Tie, that will analyze a more precise set of conditions under which hazards can evolve. Using the results from these studies, recommendations can be made that address specific hazards to reduce site risk.

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)/HAZOP/LOPA

BakerRisk facilitators provide unparalleled industry experience and a unique, holistic approach to risk management during the PHA process.


BakerRisk supports SIL Selection/Determination with facilitators who can guide teams to identify priorities for high reliability safety systems.

Dust Hazard Analysis

Many facility owners are unaware of combustible dust hazards, a critical safety hazard that has caused catastrophic explosions, resulting in loss of life and extensive damage.

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