In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, oil and chemical facilities in the Gulf Coast region will begin restarting facilities shut down to weather the storm. The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issued a safety alert urging them to take special precautions. The CSB notes that startup of major processes at chemical facilities is a hazardous phase. Facilities should pay particular attention to process safety requirements during this critical period to ensure a safe return to normal operations.
The safety alert outlines specific procedures to help ensure safe restarts, including: