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6. Inherent safety and Inherent Occupational Health

Jun 13, 2020

Inherent is that which is intrinsic to something. In order to achieve an inherently safer, healthier and environmentally friendlier (ISHE) plant, the ¨best¨ chemical process route must be selected; that which is inherently less hazardous and less harmful to our health and the environment.

The chemical process route, or simply ¨route¨, may be defined as the raw material(s) and the sequence of reactions that converts them to the desired product(s). In order to avoid accidents or hazardous events, it is better to design the plant to be ISHE, rather than installing systems to control hazards. Occupational health is nowadays one of the most important factors to be considered when designing chemical plants, ranking along side safety and environmental issues. ISHE recognizes that occupational health should be considered and given high priority when selecting the chemical process route.

The objective of ADRESS is to apply ISHE indexes for the generation of inherently safer, and healthier intensified sustainable (bio) processes

Selected Reference:

Contreras – Zarazúa, G., Sánchez – Ramírez, E., Vázquez – Castillo, J.A., Ponce – Ortega, J.M., Errico, M., Kiss, A.A., Segovia – Hernández, J.G., 2019, Inherently Safer Design and Optimization of Intensified Separation Processes for Furfural Production, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 58, 6105 – 6120.