The video, produced by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, highlights the four main components of inherently safer design, first identified by the National Academy of Sciences. Deceptively simple, the four principal steps - substitute, minimize, moderate and simplify - define criteria by which any processing facility can evaluate potential hazards and incorporate inherently safer manufacturing practices. The CSB video describes the concepts:
Substitute: replacing one material with another that is less hazardous.
Minimize: reducing the amount of hazardous material in the process.
Moderate: using less hazardous process conditions such as lower pressures or temperatures.
- Simplify: designing processes to be less complicated, and therefore less prone to failure.
Take a look around your facility. Are there hazards that the principles of inherent safety could help you mitigate? It needn’t take an accident to adopt safer practices.
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