GexCon has built up unique expertise in the field of safety and risk management by conducting safety research for decades. We have invested over 50 million US Dollars in research dedicated to improving safety.
Our Consultancy teams will help you identify all your hazards, understand your risks and contribute to improving your company’s safety performance. Our experienced consultants can advise you on all aspects of safety and risk management. The diverse background of our team assures that GexCon Consultancy Services are able to advise you on all aspects of safety and risk throughout all your facilities, no matter how complex they might be.
Process/Technical Safety and Risk Management
GexCon’s Process and Technical Safety department offers a wide variety of services to the chemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, automotive, biomass and power industries. Our consulting services cover all aspects of process safety management.
Our consultants have hundreds of combined years of experience in Process and Technical Safety and Risk Management. They can assist you at all stages of your engineering and management control process from concept design to process development and facility safe operation; from initial hazard evaluation (HAZID) right through to continued safe operability of your facility (HAZOP, QRA, SCRAM)
Together with your staff, GexCon consultants will ensure that the hazards and risks for your facility are evaluated in a complete and systematic manner. The level of risk in your facility will be identified with priorities ranked in order of severity. Where improvements can be made, practical recommendations will be given to assist you with the reduction of the residual risk to as low as reasonably practicable.
GexCon provides the following consultancy services in the field of Process– and Technical Safety:
• (Process) Hazard Analysis and Identification
• Hazardous Area Classification
• Mitigation and Preventive Safety Measures Design
• Facility Siting
• Quantative and Qualitative Risk Analysis and Assessments
• Fire Risk Assessment
• Auditing and Evaluation
Accidental releases of toxic and flammable substances are one of the largest contributors to the hazards of most industrial and offshore facilities. Assessing the consequences and risks of such accidental releases is essential in any Risk Assessment for both onsite and offsite effects.
GexCon’s consultants can help you assess those hazards and minimise their probability of occurrence. Our competences in assessing the practical implications of toxic and flammable releases, as well as our skills in modelling, will ensure an optimal solution that suits your operation. GexCon has extensive capabilities in the use CFD tools like FLACS and empirical models like PHAST to assess hazardous consequences from toxic and flammable releases.
GexCon can help you with both specialised dispersion case studies and standardised dispersion assessments. For a given release hazard there is an optimal way of assessing its consequences. The high competence level of GexCon consultants guarantees that you get the most optimal solution for your situation. Based on your situation and interests, for example, whether it is inside a building, onsite or related to the effects on neighbouring facilities, we will select the most appropriate modelling approach.
GexCon can help you with tailor-made dispersion studies as well as services in the following fields:
• Gas detector layout optimisation
• Cryogenic release dispersion
• Exhaust gas and flare dispersion
• Nuclear material dispersion
Facilities handling flammable substances are exposed to hazards during storage and processing. One of the most severe hazards associated with flammable materials is the pressure caused by an explosion. Therefore, when undertaking a risk assessment, it is crucial to know the consequence of potential explosions hazards on your facilities.
GexCon has extensively studied and evaluated the effects of various factors on the dynamics of an explosion; including different fuel types, mixtures of different gases, gas concentrations, ignition locations, mitigation (deluge), and aerosols.
GexCon can help you determine the consequences and risks associated with explosions for your facility and help you define adequate safety measures to reduce potential risks to an acceptable level. We can assist you in assessing the explosion risks of your existing installations, the effect of adaptations to your installations, and help you design new installations in such a way that the risks from explosions are minimised.
GexCon has extensive capabilities in the use CFD tools like FLACS and simple models like PHAST to assess potential hazardous consequences from explosions. As such, we can help you with tailor-made explosion case studies as well as standardised explosion analyses.
GexCon can help you with tailor-made explosion case studies as well as services in the following fields:
• Probabilistic explosion analysis
• Blast propagation
• Realistic case explosion analysis
• Explosion mitigation and layout optimisation
• Dust explosion modelling
• FLACS geometry modelling
Gas and Dust Explosion Safety Regulatory Compliance
Most industries work with materials that have the potential to create an explosive hazard. Almost all flammable dusts, gases and liquids can present a risk. As an operator using these materials, you are obliged to identify the risks associated with the use of these substances and implement safety measures to reduce and manage them.
In order to make an effective assessment of the risks, from both an operational and a financial perspective, you need to be very experienced in this field. GexCon employs specialist consultants of international renown who have this experience and a detailed knowledge of local regulations which apply to your facility.
GexCon’s consultants will help you understand explosion hazards in your facility and advise you on all practical and financially effective solutions to reduce the risks presented by these hazards. Working with GexCon as your safety partner guarantees that your safety performance will improve dramatically and that you are fully compliant with local regulations.
GexCon can help you with tailor-made analyses as well as services in the following fields:
• Hazardous area classification
• Explosion protection documentation
• Explosion risk assessment
• Ignition source identification
• Design of preventive and mitigative safety measures
• Dust explosion properties testing
Occupational Health and Safety
Working with hazardous materials is associated with inherent risks. As an employer you are concerned about the safety of your employees and your priority is to protect them against any hazard. GexCon has in-depth knowledge about working in a safe manner with hazardous materials.
GexCon consultants are specialised in fire, explosion, toxic hazards and other similar energy releases. This allows our team to assist you in defining the right personnel protection equipment at the right places and define safe working locations at your facility. Our specialised staff can advise you on policies and safe working methods that expose your staff to a minimum of risk. Furthermore, we can help you design your facilities in such a way that they are compliant with all applicable regulations. GexCon Consultancy Services can help you with any aspect related to working safely with hazardous substances.
GexCon Consultancy Services can help you with any aspect related to working safely with hazardous substances and can perform detailed analyses in the following fields:
• Exhaust gas studies
• Helideck and crane siting
• Wind-chill analyses
• Ventilation studies
• Flare design studies
GexCon has extensive experience through our ongoing research into the phenomena of explosion, fire and toxic releases. Our specialist expert consultants have investigated numerous incidents ranging from small vessel explosions and toxic releases to large explosions and fires at chemical processing and petrochemical facilities. Many of these incidents have involved toxic materials, flammable gases, liquids and dusts. Our incident investigators work with facility owners, insurers and national legislative bodies to provide our expert opinion and understanding of what actually happened during the accident.
GexCon consultants can help you coordinate the entire investigation, including securing the scene and recovering evidence to enable the root causes of the incident to be fully understood, in our team can also act as expert witnesses in ongoing investigations and legal proceedings. Our method of finding root causes focuses on identifying facts about the incident based on evidence such as videos, process data, witness statements etc. We perform site inspections and employ state-of-the-art equipment to locate the origin and to determine the cause of the incident.
If the incident involves gas, GexCon can perform analyses to identify the location of the leak and quantify the size of it. This involves sampling the soil for residual gas, pressure testing and excavation to evaluate gas pipelines and gas service mains, testing of combustion controls and performing ground penetrating radar analysis to identify underground migration pathways.
With our state-of-the-art laboratory and our extensive modelling capabilities, we can identify all factors leading up to the incident and help you find optimal strategies to prevent future incidents.