Most government licensing authorities require operating companies to carry out Health & Safety and Environmental (HSE) studies during the design of facilities, as well as prior to construction and during operation.
Hazard studies carried out late in the design phase, such as Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP), often identify safety and environmental issues that can cause project delays or costly design changes.
Therefore, many clients require hazard study during early design so that hazards can be avoided or reduced.


What is HAZID?
 study is a tool for hazard identification, used early in a project as soon as process flow diagrams, draft heat and material balances, and plot layouts are available.
Existing site infrastructure, weather, and geotechnical data are also required, these being a source of external hazards.
The method is a design-enabling tool, acting to help organize the HSE deliverables in a project.
The structured brainstorming technique typically involves designer and client personnel engineering disciplines, project management, commissioning and operations. The main major findings and hazard ratings help to deliver HSE compliance, and form part of the project Risk Register required by many licensing authorities.

Bureau Veritas believes that hazard study is an integral part of the feasibility study and design of Oil & Gas facilities.
Bureau Veritas supplies all of the administrative arrangements for hazard studies, including the meetings Chairman and Secretary, and also the computer software support a site meeting venue if appropriate.
Our Hazard Register tool simples both the identification of hazards and compilation of a Hazards Register.
The company provides consistent reporting formats and action response auditing to ensure
that issues have been addressed to meet the project schedule.

  • Experience

    Bureau Veritas has planned and delivered over 500 HAZID’s and similar studies worldwide, by engineers and technologists who understand your business and culture.

  • Network

    Bureau Veritas has 8 technical centres and many other offices in regions where oil & gas companies have exploration, production, storage, and distribution facilities.


What are the key benefits?
A well-organized HAZID study activity will deliver a good identification of hazards and safeguards at an early stage in the design of a facility. Team output helps ensure that:
■ HSE hazards are revealed at an early stage in the project, before significant costs have been incurred
■ Hazards are recorded and actioned so that they can be avoided, mitigated or highlighted during design
■ Action responses are auditable by Management and Legislative Inspectorates
■ Design or Construction delays and budget over-runs are avoided
■ Fewer hazards remain un-revealed at commissioning & operation of plant.

How long does a HAZID take?
For the installation of an Oil & Gas unit on an existing site, typically 2 to 5 days.

Can you advise what types of hazard study is required for a project in our location?
Yes, we can advise on legislative requirements and good practice compliance