Process Hazard Assessment is nothing new, but C3's approach is.
Why fix something if it's not broken you may ask but when C3 formed, bringing together highly experienced individuals from across the process industries the first topic of discussion was how no one had found the now default 'standard' 6-stage Hazard Study approach to be either effective or suited to the majority of companies needs.
Sure if you're a large multi-national with tens of process engineers and safety specialists then we don't dispute the old ICI system may work for you however, for the rest of the process industries working with lean teams the system simply doesn't deliver.
To put it into prospective, if C3 had a pound for every site we've visited who say they follow the 6 stage approach but then when challenged can't produce a single Stage 1, Stage 5 or 6 assessment we'd be rich.
Firstly C3 believe that Management of Change should be at the heart of any well-structured Process Safety Assessment system and in the old 6 stage approach MoC as it is known today doesn’t even get a mention!
Secondly, whatever system a company adopts it has to be proportionate to the nature of the hazards and serviceable by the size of the team at their disposal.
C3 has put together a new, simpler system, a more streamlined approach.
An approach which integrates all of assessments required in the 21st century, including but not limited to HAZOP/HAZID, LOPA, Safety Criticality, and Human Factors.
A system that is designed to be flexible and is able to guidance its users through the process, effectively screening out unnecessary assessments and allowing lean teams to manage the assessment process and its actions rather than being managed by it.
One word – 'Yes'.
C3 have both presented the principle to the regulator and its deliverables and on every occasion the regulator has accepted the approach and what it delivers.
So if you find the existing approaches don't suit or you're simply in need / ready for a change than contact us and we'll be more than happy to discuss your specific needs and how together we can find the right solution.