Central to the modern world’s economy, the chemicals industry converts raw materials into more than 70,000 different products and employs upward of 1.2 million people in the European Union. The chemical industry in the U.S. employs approximately 810,000. The nature of working with hazardous materials under significant pressure and heat can mean workers are often exposed to danger.
Delivering effective risk management is not easy in the chemicals industry. However, the penalties for failure – its impact on people, environment, reputation, and revenues – are extreme. If key risks are not appreciated and then ensured, or otherwise mitigated, a chemicals company could face a spectrum of negative consequences.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (USCS) has completed investigations into scores of accidents – including a number of chemical plant explosions – and suggested that the use of smarter technology will help plants avoid similar events in the future.
Cloud technology and the availability of internet connectivity now enables remote asset management. Cloud infrastructure is able to support the constant monitoring and storage of data on remote servers anywhere in the world in real time via the Internet of Things (IoT).
Fortress HSE Pro helps chemical companies to be continuously alerted. With real-time data and guidance, organizations can then record and report data remotely.
If companies do not currently have the technology to fully automate an installation, starting to collect relevant information now will enable more sophisticated decision-making for the future.