Special Issue "Safety and Security Issues in Industrial Parks"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Genserik Reniers
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Guest Editor
Safety and Security Science Group, Delft University of Technology, 2628 CD Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: process safety; process security; domino effects
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Assoc. Prof. Francisco Brocal
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Guest Editor
University of Alicante, Department of Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory, Campus of Sant Vicent del Raspeig s/n, 03690 Sant Vicent del Raspeig (Alicante), Spain
Interests: emerging risks; industrial safety; occupational health and safety; manufacturing processes; metrology (occupational health and safety); risk management; risk assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Sustainability will be concerned with the question how safety and security issues are or can be dealt with in industrial parks. Companies tend to cluster due to benefits of scale, or due to legal or business policy requirements. The question can be posed regarding what effects the clustering of organizations have on the safety and security aspects of the companies. Collaboration and information exchange aspects for instance play an important role for safety and security risk governance in industrial parks, both on an operational and strategic level. In a context of technological change and continuous improvement, clustering effects can be traditional or emerging, and can be positive, negative or both. In this way, the management of these effects requires new multidisciplinary approaches, where safety and security are integrated. Depending on the industrial sector of the company concerned, different safety and security concerns play a role.

Topics where this special issue is interested in, are:

  • Risk governance in industrial parks
  • Safety in chemical clusters
  • Security in chemical clusters
  • Safety in manufacturing clusters
  • Security in manufacturing clusters
  • Organizational issues of industrial parks
  • Emerging risks in industrial parks
  • Standardization issues of industrial parks
  • Legislation issues of industrial parks
  • Collaboration within industrial parks, operational and strategic
  • Evacuation optimization within industrial areas
  • Measuring and monitoring safety and security in industrial parks 

Prof. Genserik Reniers
Assoc. Prof. Francisco Brocal
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • cluster safety
  • cluster security
  • domino effects
  • chemical industry
  • manufacturing industry
  • industrial park

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An Approach to Health and Safety Assessment in Industrial Parks
Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3646; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093646 - 01 May 2020
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Safety is a fundamental aspect to take into account in the design, construction and operation of industrial parks. Therefore, it is important to know how to deal with safety in this type of facility, and how to deal with risk analysis. This document [...] Read more.
Safety is a fundamental aspect to take into account in the design, construction and operation of industrial parks. Therefore, it is important to know how to deal with safety in this type of facility, and how to deal with risk analysis. This document provides information related to the industrial park risk assessment process to improve the health and safety of workers in these places. A search and consultation of references related to occupational health and safety management systems is carried out, and it is found that, although there is adequate protection, both in relation to the safety of workers in industrial parks and the safety of personnel outside the facilities, it is helpful to establish a health and safety risk assessment to identify hazards and hazardous events, evaluate associated risks, and select techniques or strategies (opportunities) to manage those risks after prioritization. Following the implementation of the selected techniques, their effectiveness can then be monitored in order to avoid incidents. This document can be a model for future implementation of a health and safety management system based in ISO 45001:2018. Full article
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Validation of Dynamic Risk Analysis Supporting Integrated Operations Across Systems
Sustainability 2019, 11(23), 6745; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11236745 - 28 Nov 2019
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Dynamic risk analysis (DRA) is a novel industrial approach that aims to capture changes in operational conditions over time and quantify their effect on risk. This aspect may be advantageous for providing insight into the causal factors that have substantial risk contributions and [...] Read more.
Dynamic risk analysis (DRA) is a novel industrial approach that aims to capture changes in operational conditions over time and quantify their effect on risk. This aspect may be advantageous for providing insight into the causal factors that have substantial risk contributions and supporting decisions related to risk control. Some DRA methods were developed by the oil and gas industry to support the integration of work processes and the cooperation across virtual clusters, e.g., between offshore and onshore systems and/or oil company and supplier. However, DRA has not been extensively adopted and limited attention is given to its validity in practical applications. The objective of this article is to illustrate how this validity can be established based on common validation approaches for risk analysis. The case study focuses on a DRA method named risk barometer that was developed to support integrated operations across the oil and gas industrial systems. The outcome of this study may serve as a basis for the validation of other DRA methods, the use of DRA in practical cases, and ultimately the achievement of integrated operations (IO) capabilities. Full article
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Extension of the Lean 5S Methodology to 6S with An Additional Layer to Ensure Occupational Safety and Health Levels
Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3827; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143827 - 12 Jul 2019
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This paper proposes an expansion of the Lean 5S methodology, which includes the concept of Safety–Security as 6S. Implementation was done by a standardized process tested in a pilot area that is part of the Integrated Industrial Manufacturing System Laboratory at the Higher [...] Read more.
This paper proposes an expansion of the Lean 5S methodology, which includes the concept of Safety–Security as 6S. Implementation was done by a standardized process tested in a pilot area that is part of the Integrated Industrial Manufacturing System Laboratory at the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ICAI). The additional 6S phase (Safety-Security) thoroughly reviews all areas of an industrial plant by analyzing the risks at each workstation, which let employees be fitted out with protection resources depending on each of their personal characteristics and to guarantee the safety of the workstation by strictly complying with occupational safety and health and machinery use standards, which must hold a CE certificate of compliance. The main objective was to increase the scope of 5S methodology to respond to the occupational safety and health needs for machines required in optimizing production processes. It is important to remember that companies must guarantee that their employees use personal protection equipment (PPE) at their work posts or stations that protect them properly from risks to their health and safety and that cannot be prevented or sufficiently limited by using collective means of protection or by adopting work organization measures. The industrial resources employed in the pilot area chosen for 6S implementation were a sheet metal deformation and cutting line comprised of a punch press, feeder, and winder, as well as a conventional machine tool with minimum safety specifications and without CE certification. Until now, there had been no plans to implement a 6S tool in this laboratory. However, given that the existing safety risk to operators is high, the implementation has led to obtaining optimal results, which justify the success of the 6S methodology proposal. In short, it lets us advance towards the zero accident target. Full article
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An Ontological and Semantic Foundation for Safety and Security Science
Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 6024; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216024 - 30 Oct 2019
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When discussing the concepts of risk, safety, and security, people have an intuitive understanding of what these concepts mean, and, to a certain level, this understanding is universal. However, when delving into the real meaning of these concepts, one is likely to fall [...] Read more.
When discussing the concepts of risk, safety, and security, people have an intuitive understanding of what these concepts mean, and, to a certain level, this understanding is universal. However, when delving into the real meaning of these concepts, one is likely to fall into semantic debates and ontological discussions. In industrial parks, it is important that (risk) managers from different companies, belonging to one and the same park, have the same understanding of the concepts of risk, safety, and security. It is even important that all companies in all industrial parks share a common understanding regarding these issues. As such, this paper explores the similarities and differences behind the perceptions of these concepts, to come to a fundamental understanding of risk, safety, and security, proposing a semantic and ontological ground for safety and security science, based on an etymological and etiological study of the concepts of risk and safety. The foundation has been induced by the semantics used in the ISO 31000 risk management guidance standard. Hence, this article proposes a coherent, standardized set of concepts and definitions with a focus on the notion “objectives” that can be used as an ontological foundation for safety and security science, linking “objectives” with the concepts of safety, security, risk, performance and also failure and success, theoretically allowing for an increasingly more precise understanding and measurement of (un)safety across the whole range of individuals, sectors and organizations, or even society as a whole. Full article
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