FIORDA is the Fertilizer Industry Operational Risk Database, a database for fertilizer manufacturers developed by an independent group of engineers and members of AmmoniaKnowHow.com and UreaKnowHow.com.
FIORDA mission is to improve safety and reliability performance of fertilizer plants by collecting and exchanging process safety data among the participating companies and acting as focal point for co-ordination and management of process safety data collection within the fertilizer industry.
FIORDA has developed a structured database extracting data from process safety incidents, lesson learned, members projects experience covering a variety of geographic areas, plants, equipment types and operating conditions.
The FIORDA data are stored in a database available for our member companies and contractors working on their behalf. (Specialised FIORDA software has been developed to collect, retrieve and analyse the information.)
The necessity of such information database comes from three basic needs:
- Safety in operation
- Plant integrity
- Production availability
Ensuring high level of process safety knowledge and understanding is paramount to safe and reliable operations in fertilizer industry. FIORDA has collected data to determine the causes, the consequence, the type and level of risk, and the likelihood of such failures. Recommendations for each case are provided to help operators to better understand the path to secure a safe and reliable operation. A query among the fertilizer companies shows that the need for such data is high. Fertilizer manufacturers are operating today in a very competitive environment.
FIORDA helps operators to better understand the risks within their plants by providing examples from various case studies and reduce operational costs through the application of process know-how and process safety data.
Generally, process safety is associated with engineering design studies. However, in the last decade such data have been given increased attention for use also in the operating phase.
With thousands of lessons learned, cases and examples thoroughly documented FIORDA database is the tool of choice for fertilizer manufacturer willing to be up to date and compliance with EU and international legislation.
The data are collected from various facilities worldwide. The databank also includes revamp projects experience documented in risk registers. Only the FIORDA member companies have access to the computerised database with its comprehensive search and analysis software. Temporary access may be given to contractors working for the FIORDA member companies.
|No.||Date||Code||Plant||Plant section||Main Equipment||Sub-Main Equipment||Operation phase (during event)||Operating parameters (during event)||Medium||Risk category||Hazard type||Failure Cause||Failure Mode||Hours of operation||No of failures last 6 months||No of failures last 12 months||No of failures last 24 months||Deviation type||Main Consequence||Event description||Immediate response action||Consequence||Comments||Risk Ranking||Prevention Safeguards||Mitigation Safeguards||Corrective Recommendation||Lesson Learned|
The data are recorded per owner and installation. Each individual event (e.g. a gas leak) occupies a single inventory record in the database. This record contains a technical description (e.g. event description, cause and consequence description) plus operating conditions. Each process safety event is identified by item code, date of event, plant section, main equipment, medium type, risk category, hazard type, failure cause, failure mode, deviation type and main consequence.
Additional information is also provided (e.g. existing safeguards, prevention and mitigation solutions, corrective actions taken to prevent the event to occur in the future).
To secure confidentiality FIORDA member companies and their location are anonymous. Shared information is de-identified at the member company end and FIORDA receive only minimum data required for upload. No association with plant technology, location, or proprietary equipment are deemed to be made. Memorandum of understanding and confidentiality agreements are used to endorse the relation between FIORDA and its members.
FIORDA member companies share only a limited amount of data required by the membership status. It is at members discretion what type of process safety events are willing to share: near misses, process upset and plant trips, loss of containment, fire and explosion etc.