May 2007

Plant Design/Safety

Your control room may not be in the safest plant location

Here's how to ensure that operators can provide their peak performance

Bhullar, R. S., Fluor Daniel

The majority of central control rooms for hydrocarbon industry facilities have their roots in pneumatic or analog electronic-panel-based instrumentation. Due to technological limitations of the time, most of these facilities were located either within the process plants or units or else dangerously close to potential sources hazardous explosions. As technology evolved, the control system hardware within the central control room has been replaced with digital or hybrid control systems, while the control building or the structure housing the operators was given little or no attention. No effort was made to convert these facilities to today's guidelines and standards, to consider modern ergon

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