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HAZOP: Guide to Best Practice Guidelines to Best Practice for the Process and Chemical Industries (Third Edition)



Elsevier B.V., Amsterdam



HAZOP: Guide to Best Practice Guidelines to Best Practice for the Process and Chemical Industries (Third Edition)

 Author  Frank Crawley and Brian Tyler

Year of Publication











Krishna B. Misra



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The book comprises 12 chapters, preceded by a Foreword and Acknowledgements. The Chapters are followed by five Appendices, Acronyms and Abbreviations, References and Bibliography and an Index.


Chapter 1


03 Pages


Chapter 2

Process Hazard Studies

06 Pages


Chapter 3

The HAZOP Study Method

03 Pages


Chapter 4

The Detailed HAZOP Study Procedure

16 Pages


Chapter 5

Organizing a HAZOP Study

14 Pages


Chapter 6

Carrying out a Study

07 Pages


Chapter 7

Recording and Auditing

08 Pages

Chapter 8


02 Pages


Chapter 9

Company Procedures for HAZOP Study

02 Pages


Chapter 10

Advanced Aspects of HAZOP Study

15 Pages


Chapter 11

Specific Applications of HAZOP

15 Pages


Chapter 12

Factors for a Successful HAZOP Study

03 Pages


Appendix 1:The Guideword-First Approach to HAZOP

03 Pages


Appendix 2: The Use of Checklists within HAZOP Study

02 Pages


Appendix 3: An Illustration of HAZOP Study for a Continuous Operation

21 Pages


Appendix 4: An Illustration of HAZOP Study for a Batch Operation

16 Pages


Appendix 5: An Illustration of HAZOP Study for a Procedure

12 Pages


Acronyms and Abbreviations

02 Pages


References and Bibliography

02 Pages



04 Pages



This is the third edition of the book since it was published first in 2000 and this speaks itself for the popularity 9780323394604-hazopof the book among the safety engineers. The authors have appropriate experience of both from academy as well as have had experience in conducting HAZOP and HAZAN studies in the industries. The book basically serves as a guide and claims that experience has been drawn upon while preparing this guide. Besides providing a checklist for Hazard and Operability Studies (HAZOP), the book illustrates how HAZOP can be carried out for both - continuous operation as well as for batch operation. It is a compact book which tells a reader how HAZOP is done in large process plants, particularly in chemical industries dealing with hazardous materials and processes in identifying the hazards and in planning for safety measures.  HAZOP is a commonly used technique in process industries.

The authors have updated the material presented in this book since its first edition in tune with the new innovations in the design and developments of software for system safety. Human factors are important consideration in HAZOP studies. The book in addition explains how to implement HAZOP techniques in new facilities or apply it to existing facilities. The book identifies the factors involved in making a successful HAZOP study.

Besides being highly useful to safety engineers in providing in depth background information and guidelines for carrying out HAZOP in process industries, the book will be of great academic interests to engineering graduate students and researchers in system safety.


This review has been published in Vol. 11, No. 5,  September 2015 issue of the IJPE


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