Managing Risk and Reliability of Process Plants


  • Mark Tweeddale, University of Western Australia

There is much specialist material written about different elements of managing risks of hazardous industries, such as hazard identification, risk analysis, and risk management. Managing Risk and Reliability of Process Plants provides a systematic and integrated coverage of all these elements in sufficient detail for the reader to be able to pursue more detailed study of particular elements or topics from a good appreciation of the whole field. The reader would use this book to keep up to date with new developments and, if they are new to the job, to learn more about the subject. The text includes a chapter of case studies and worked examples - including examples of risk assessments, which is consistent with the approach taken throughout the book of applying real-life scenarios and approaches.
View full description


Engineers and managers in the oil, gas, chemical, and other process industries. Job titles include: Safety Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Plant Engineer, Plant Manager, Safety Consultant. Also students and professors in engineering departments (use as undergraduate or graduate text).


Book information

  • Published: June 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7734-9


I believe that this book will be useful to chemical engineers who have to assess the safety and reliability of process plants, and reduce and manage their risks. - Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries

Table of Contents

Introduction; Hazard Identification; Ranking and Shortlisting of Risks; Defining Risk Criteria; Consequence Assessment; Frequency Assessment; Computer-Based Risk Assessment; Systematic Risk Reduction; Management of Process Safety and Reliability of New Plants; Management of Risk and Reliability of Existing Plants; Introduction to "Software" and the "Human Factor"; Appendices A-E: Conducting a Hazard and Operability Study (Hazop); Application of Rapid Ranking to Improve the Reliability of Supply to the Market; FMEA and FMECA; An Illustrative Audit Checklist for Process Safety and Reliability; U.S. Regulations.