Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) Assessment

 

We have a wealth of experience in facilitating comprehensive SIMOPS reviews. SIMOPS are defined as the potential clash of activities which could bring about an undesired event or set of circumstances, e.g., safety, environment or financial. Are you planning SIMOPS? Have you assessed the risk? Call Safety Engineering Solutions today to find out how we can help.

SIMOPS Concept

The principle is conveniently illustrated in a Venn diagram. One or more activities (the number is not finite) can interact (clash). The hazards/risks inherent in the interaction(s) may be variable. A potential hazardous zone surrounds the activities that may directly or indirectly impact on adjacent facilities, equipment, people, the environment, etc. The extent (dimensions, nature) of this hazardous zone can be variable.

SIMOPS can involve multiple companies (owners, contractors, sub-contractors and vendors), large multi-disciplined workforces and a range of daily, 24-hr, routine and non-routine construction,  commissioning and operation activities. SIMOPS activities can significantly increase the risk level, with serious and sometimes disastrous consequences. Contact Safety Engineering Solutions today to find out more.

SIMOPS HIRA

 

Hazard Identification (HAZID) studies are the first step in SIMOPS assessments to to elicit the hazards. When risks are assessed, the assessment becomes a hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA) exercise. The HIRA technqiue is commonly used in the assesment of SIMOPS and we have practical experience of leading such studies, including the development of SIMOPS matrices of permitted operations (MOPO). Our facilitators are all IChemE trained with a wealth of experience in different industries. We manage the whole process from develping terms of reference, through to management of study actions, if required. Using PHA Pro to record the review allows for the capture of efficiencies, thereby saving assessment time. We can also provide a technical scribe. See link to Lead Facilitator credentials. Contact Safety Engineering Solutions today to find out more.

Matrix of Permitted Operations

 

A Matrix of Permitted Operations (MOPO) is an X-Y matrix that defines the limits of safe operation between two concurrent activities. A MOPO is a visual guide rather than an absolute assessment. This is normally expressed in terms of allowed to proceed (ATP), proceed with caution (PWC) or do not proceed (DNP). The matrix allows the same of different activities to be looked-up in the matrix, thus guiding supervisory personnel as to the level of risk inherent in the SIMOPS.

 

Using Bowtie XP to develop the matrices allows for the capture of efficiencies, thereby saving assessment time. We can also provide a technical scribe. See link to Lead Facilitator credentials. Contact Safety Engineering Solutions today to find out more.

SIMOPS Bowties

 

Bowties are a very useful way to illustrate how SIMOPS hazards and risks are being managed. See the link to Bowties for more detail. Contact Safety Engineering Solutions today to find out more.

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