Why Hire Consultants for Process Safety Evaluations and Lock-Out/Tag-Out in the Life Sciences Industry?

Why Hire Consultants for Process Safety Evaluations and Lock-Out/Tag-Out in the Life Sciences Industry?

Process Safety Evaluations

Process Safety Evaluation Consultants provide the insight and recommendations to enable enterprises in the life sciences industry to safely scale-up their development work and operate their manufacturing processes with mitigated risks. In the tightly regulated healthcare space, Process Safety Evaluation professionals ensure compliance while reducing operational risks and the probability of incidents.

How do Consultants Evaluate Process Safety?

Process Safety Evaluation consultants do their evaluation on-site or in their certified Process safety laboratory in a comprehensive and data-driven manner.  The process safety report presents recommendations to eliminate or mitigate identified risks in your healthcare operations.

What is Evaluated in Process Safety?

Process Safety Evaluation identifies the hazards and control measures including, but not limited to the following process areas.

  • Properties of raw material and reaction mixtures
  • Properties of intermediary and final products
  • Thermal Stability of material and equipment
  • Quantity, order of addition of reactants, and the rate of heat generation
  • Pressure and gas systems evaluation
  • Flammability
  • Combustible dusts or vapors
  • Chemical or biological hazards

The Process Safety Evaluation report contains the test results and evaluations of the process, recommendations, and the ‘Basis of Safe’ (BOS) operating ranges that you should apply to your Research, Development, Scale-up, Pilot Scale, Clinical, and Full-Scale Commercial manufacturing operations.

Lock-Out/Tag-Out (LOTO) Development

Equipment and machines always have some form of ‘Hazardous Energy’ associated with them and they all need cleaning and maintenance.  Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedures are the way that you assure that no one, even the personnel not directly involved in the cleaning or maintenance of the equipment, is injured when people are working on the equipment.

Electricity is not the Only ‘Hazardous Energy’

Hazardous energies include;

  • Mechanical
  • Chemical
  • Hydraulic
  • Electrical
  • Thermal
  • Pneumatic
  • Radiation

How do you Develop a LOTO Procedure?

You develop your Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedures as part of your an industrial safety evaluation performed by experienced consultants or your Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) staff. A LOTO procedure involves the specific steps and training of your staff, contractors, and vendor personnel to use the proper locks and tags, the step-by-step process for installing them, verifying that the equipment is deenergized and safe for work, and the step-by-step process to safely clear the equipment and return the equipment to an energized state.

Process safety evaluations and LOTO save the lives of your staff, keep your workplace safe , and save you the monetary, legal and regulatory penalties that come with worker injuries or deaths.  Hiring the right Safety Consultants is always a wise investment, especially if you are planning to install new equipment, scale-up production, or revamp your operations. PSC Biotech provides engineering safety and associated services consultants to make your company operations safer and more efficient.

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