A systemic approach to fire safety offshore

J. Santos Reyes, A. N. Beard, P. J. Clark

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    Fire is probably one of the greatest hazards that can be encountered on an offshore platform. This is clearly seen in disasters such as the Piper Alpha disaster in July 1988. Fire Safety management on offshore platforms has been the subject of increasing interest since the publication of the Cullen report into the Piper Alpha fire. In order to be able to achieve and maintain an acceptable level of fire risk it is desirable to consider the system as a "dynamic whole." Very often, risk due to fire is analyzed by isolating "parts" that may produce fire. However, fire risk in a given situation cannot exist in complete isolation, but would be a result of an interaction of a number of "parts." Given this, a systemic approach to fire safety for an offshore platform is being pursued. This article gives an account of the work. © 1999, Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)147-158
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Applied Fire Science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1998


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