BAE Systems Marine Limited operate the SMITE Facility at their Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria site. Under the COMAH Regulations 2015 this
is classified as a Lower-Tier establishment and therefore a demonstration that all hazards and hazardous scenarios have been identified and assessed is required by the Competent Authority (HSE + Environment Agency). In order to provide this evidence for the overall Facility Safety Report, BAE Systems contracted Wilde Analysis to chair and record a series of SWIFT (Structured What-IF Technique/checklisT) workshops covering the systems that comprise the Test Facility. The process drawings for the relevant systems provided by SMITE were analysed and the information from the study was recorded into logsheets. The key findings from the workshops were documented within reports that were used to aid the Facility Safety Report.
From the SWIFT workshops various potential issues were identified from the systems. Some of these issues are to be addressed prior to the next operational test campaign as they may have posed a safety / environmental risks. Other opportunities to improve operational performance were raised and suitable recommendations were made to address them. Several interim reports and a final project report were produced to highlight the key findings from the workshops. These reports were used to provide the necessary information required in the Facility Safety Report in order to satisfy the requirements of the Competent Authority.
We selected Wilde Analysis to assist with Hazard Identification to support our Safety Report from a shortlist of 3 highly regarded companies in this field. The team who initially visited listened to our requirements and I was immediately assured that Wilde understood exactly what we wanted and could deliver what we needed; no more and no less. I was impressed that the initial visit included the proposed Chair and not just the Business Development Team!
Wilde provided a 2-day bespoke SWIFT training package at our request; the practical element of the training was based on our own systems and this helped the less experienced members of our team to focus upon understanding the SWIFT methodology without having to think about the technical content of a generic Process System. The training was delivered by Philip Nalpanis (the SWIFT Chair) and again this helped to bridge the gap between training and the actual workshops.
Communication with Wilde prior to, during and after each workshop was excellent; the reports and spreadsheets were delivered in time to meet our very tight delivery schedule and were of an excellent quality. Very little editorial correction was needed, and any minor amendments were made via open dialogue between Philip and me.
The SWIFT HAZID led by Philip produced some extremely insightful recommendations which will enable SMITE to develop improvement projects with the necessary justification for investment, which is often the most difficult part of initiating improvement on the basis of safety alone.
The entire Wilde team have been great to work with – from Graham and Simon in the Business Team to Philip and Fahad at the SWIFT delivery end – all have been thoroughly professional and shown great integrity in delivering exactly what was agreed up-front. Wilde Analysis has been a genuine pleasure to work with and I would have no hesitation in working together again on some of our other projects.
Andrew Cloherty CEng FIMarEST AFIChemE