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Design for Safety

Precision has a long track record of providing designs with safety in mind. Designs that are well executed, provide proper access and egress to be able to properly operated always have safety inherently built in. This philosophy does not take away from always keeping safety in mind and striving to improve safety.

Precision has been involved in various projects over the years in aging facilities where the mandate was, as part of the upgrades and maintenance to improve operator access to various components. Quite often in older facilities safety and operability wasn’t given the level of importance it has now. Safety improvements have included relocation of valves, instrumentation and electrical devices to more operator and maintenance friendly locations. The construction of catwalks and platforms to access difficult, but regularly accessed locations within the facility.

The layout of piping and equipment to prevent various safety related items such as tripping hazards, fall hazards, pinch points, overhead piping not being elevated adequately, barriers to prevent damage from trucks, machinery, etc., slipping hazards, proper emergency egress, elimination of areas that could be considered a confined space, and personnel protection on hot or cold surfaces are all examples of items that Precision looks for in each and every design. Our philosophy has always been, unless the designing engineer and their supervisor are comfortable in operating the facility themselves, they shouldn’t be releasing the design to be constructed. This philosophy also extends to our drafting designers and drawing checkers as well.

Other safety aspects play into our designs as well from a process and piping perspective. The same philosophy mentioned above applies here as well. All processes can be inherently dangerous in the oil and gas industry. It is our job as engineers and designers to utilize safe designs that meet or exceed our client’s specifications and applicable codes. Should we feel as designers, the process may be inherently dangerous to the point where it requires additional levels of safety measures, we always present this to our clients and take whatever steps are necessary to reduce the risk level. This may include additional safety shutdown devices, changes in piping design, improvements in materials selected for construction, changes in the specific process being performed, etc.