Chemical Reaction Hazards: Choosing the Right Screening Tool
Reaction hazards remain the most serious concern for various chemical industries, despite continual research and attention devoted to them.
When a new process, material, or procedure is introduced for handling chemicals, the inherent risk of a Chemical Reaction Hazard (CRH) should always be considered.
A hazardous scenario occurs when there is a loss of control in a process in terms of heat, pressure, and undesired by-products.
These hazardous reactions can be categorised in two main forms:
1. Thermal runaway (both endother mic & exothermic)
2. Decomposition (i.e. self-reacting, break-down & oxidation, etc.)
Choosing the right screening tools are absolutely essential for the correct design of a safety system, and for ensuring an appropriate Basis of Safety for a process is achieved.
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