A team of experts is providing in-depth reviews of Blue Grass systems to help ensure workers, the community and the environment remain safe during plant testing and operations.
“Our mission is to protect people and the environment from the chemical agents we’re contracted to destroy,” said Grant Fondaw, system safety manager, Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass. “To do this effectively, we have to provide a rigorous hazards analysis process and develop controls that will provide that protection.”
Called the Hazard Event Analysis Review Team, or HEART, the team calls on multiple disciplines and different organizational groups to provide knowledge and expertise, Fondaw said. The team is on their second system review, analyzing the Energetics Batch Hydrolyzer and Energetics Neutralization System.
“We are conducting a review to determine what hazards and events are possible,” Fondaw said. “Following this, we then develop controls to prevent or mitigate each hazard. Controls can include engineered controls, such as physical barriers, and administrative controls, such as training or procedures.”
Fondow said every major process system at the facility will undergo hazard analysis and when complete, results and mitigation steps will be tracked in the master plant schedule.