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Building and Control Room Vulnerability

Eidos can assist you in evaluating the vulnerability of building and control rooms located at your site during an accident.

Evaluating building and control rooms vulnerability is not just related to evaluating the effects of accident on the premises but, more peculiar, developing models and calculations for the aftermath of an accident in the light of site needs: it is not possible to just abandon a control room! The more revealing insights of these studies are related to:

  • Capability of the control rooms to operate during and after an accidental event
  • Capability of the site of rescuing people after the completion of the required activities inside a premise (in case of a toxic release a delayed evacuation requires special equipments and a specific plan)
  • Concentration of toxic substances inside a building/control room given a specific concentration outside it and the peculiarities of the premise under study
  • Suitability of the protection system to guarantee the health of the personnel for a given amount of time (p.e. Is HVAC system able to guarantee an healthy environment in full recirculation mode, intake closed, for the given amount of time? Is the premise’s oxygen/air emergency reservoir enough to cope with the maximum planned crowd inside?, etc.)

All the studies will be based on international standards like:

  • API RP752 “Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant Permanent Buildings”, third edition 2009
  • API RP753 “Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant Portable Buildings”, first edition 2007
  • Chemical industries Association UK (CIA) “Guidance for the location and design of occupied buildings on chemical manufacturing sites”, third edition 2010
  • US Department of Energy (DoE)
  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC): NUREG-0800 and alas
  • ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers)
  • AIChE Center for Process Safety (CCPS) “Guidelines for Evaluating Process Plant Buildings for External Explosions, Fires, and Toxic Releases” 2nd Edition, April 2012