Hazard Identification Study (HAZID)
A powerful tool for identifying occupational, facility, and external hazards.
Most government licensing authorities require operating companies to carry out Health & Safety and
Environmental (HSE) studies during the design of facilities, as well as prior to construction and during
Hazard studies carried out late in the design phase, such as Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP),
often identify safety and environmental issues that can cause project delays or costly design changes.
Therefore, many clients require hazard study during early design so that hazards can be avoided or
What is HAZID?
HAZID study is a tool for hazard identification, used early in a project as soon as process flow diagrams,
draft heat and mass balances, and plot layouts are available. Existing site infrastructure, weather, and
geotechnical data are also required, these being a source of external hazards.
The method is a design-enabling tool, acting to help organise the HSE deliverables in a project.
The structured brainstorming technique typically involves designer and client personnel engineering
disciplines, project management, commissioning and operations. The main major findings and hazard
ratings help to deliver HSE compliance, and form part of the project Risk Register required by many
What are the key benefits?
A well-organised HAZID study activity will deliver a good identification of hazards and safeguards at an
early stage in the design of a facility. Team output helps ensure that:
- HSE hazards are revealed at an early stage in the project, before significant costs have been incurred;
- Hazards are recorded and actioned so that they can be avoided, mitigated or highlighted during design;
- Action responses are auditable by Management and Legislative Inspectorates;
- Design or Construction delays and budget over-runs are avoided;
- Fewer hazards remain un-revealed at commissioning & operation of plant.
WHY CHOOSE BUREAU VERITAS?
Bureau Veritas has planned and delivered over 500 HAZID’s and similar studies worldwide, by engineers and technologists who understand your business and culture.
Bureau Veritas has 10 technical centres and many other offices in regions where oil & gas companies have exploration, production, storage, and distribution facilities, enhancing Bureau Veritas’ delivery of effective hazard studies.
Bureau Veritas also provides personnel to participate in HAZID studies as discipline engineer or independent HSE specialist when that is appropriate to the client or designer.