Unmanaged risk exposes a facility to potential litigation and/or excessive unnecessary expense. Industrial fluids carry with them several unique risks that needs to be managed over time to ensure they don’t result in an undesired event. Due to the dynamic nature of most fluids, those risks change over time, and therefore sustainable condition based testing needs to be in place to keep critical parameters within acceptable limits.
Health and Safety Risk
Whether its contact risk, risk due to inhalation or biological risk, industrial fluids represent potential and significant risk right out of the drum. Through use and ultimate disposal, these risks change and can become more severe as the fluids degrade and get contaminated. Proper training in handling techniques, storage, distribution and disposal are all essential elements in a best practices program. Sampling for the correct parameters at the right frequency with the appropriate corrective actions is an essential strategy to maintain a sustainable H&S program.
The threat of environmental release due to storage, handling or disposal of industrial fluids exposes plants to serious risk. Negligence due to poor plant practice has resulted in significant fines and incarceration of senior management. Superfunds and cradle-to-grave legislation means responsible waste disposal needs to be part of any world class plants strategy. Cost effective management is essential to remain competitive and deliver sustainable financial results.
Ignoring the condition of the fluid as it impacts the manufacturing process, exposes the facility to tremendous unmanaged process risk. Poorly managed fluids impact availability by causing unplanned downtimes, they reduce productivity by bottlenecking the process, and they reduce product yield by impacting quality. Without a robust condition based program, fluid condition quietly erodes plant profitability.
Zimmark’s Gap Analysis Audit
We look at all 5 elements of OBEf to identify and quantify where the opportunities are for cost and risk reduction. For companies that qualify, this audit is done at no cost to the facility. Results are presented to your management team clearly identifying opportunities for cost reduction and on-going risk management.