Hazard  Identification (HAZID) Studies

The Hazard Identification (HAZID) Study technique is a high level, systematic method for identifying potential health, safety, and environmental (HSE) hazards of a project, typically used in the early stages of design.  Unlike a Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study that focuses on process hazards, the HAZID addresses all aspects of the project, from local issues associated with construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance to external factors such as community impacts.  The potential hazards identified may include injury to plant personnel, property damage and loss of production, significant environmental impairment and off-site impacts.  The objectives of a HAZID are to:

  • Identify the major HSE hazards associated with a project
  • Identify specific processes and project phases that might pose significant risks to personnel
  • Consider the HSE implications of alternative process designs
  • Identify potential major changes to philosophy and design at early project development stages

The HAZID Study is globally recognized as a crucial part of a project’s risk assessment and is typically a key milestone to complete in the Conceptual and Front-End Engineering Design (FEED)/Front-end Loading (FEL).  It is conducted by a multi-disciplinary team using a structured, brainstorming approach, guided by checklists and guidewords.  For each identified hazard, the team discusses potential causes, the consequences of those causes, the safeguards and mitigation measures present within the design to address those hazards, and any necessary recommendations to reduce the risk of the scenario.

Risk Management Professionals’ Engineering Team is highly experienced in facilitating HAZID Studies for processes ranging from multi-unit design projects to small systems. Our engineers have broad process knowledge, which provides efficient and cost-effective application of these risk analysis techniques for our clients.