Layers of Protection Analysis – LOPA
An introduction to, and practice in participation and facilitation of, the LOPA methodology
Project Engineers for major projects in the Oil, Gas and Chemicals industries recognise the absolute necessity for ensuring the highest practicable integrity of the processes they design.
Utilising the LOPA methodology is a highly successful and commonly used methodology for ensuring this high integrity and being able to prove that all available steps have been taken in this respect. The LOPA methodology needs to be approached very carefully and be facilitated and practiced by trained and experienced personnel.
Rob van Hemert
Process Safety Engineer
Rob has been actively working as a (nongraduated) Process Safety Engineer for the oil & gas exploration and production industry for 17 years, on land, at sea, in the jungle, in mountains, and in the desert. He previously worked for many years at senior level in the operation of oil refineries, gas plants, NGL plants and marine terminals. All of this in 36 countries.
He has facilitated hazard & operability (HAZOP) exercises, safety integrity level (SIS) studies, and LOPA studies for major oil and gas related projects. He is a Dutch citizen but prefers to live in Jeffreys Bay where he has been for 15 years. His 3 children and 7 grandchildren are scattered around the world.
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