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Medical Research Institute HAZOPS - Case Study

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The diverse nature of the work undertaken by Rowan House Ltd can be demonstrated by some of the unique projects undertaken. One of these unique projects was for one of Europe’s largest biomedical research institutes, where risk assessments were undertaken for their MRI and NMR scanning machines.

An MRI machine is used to investigate the anatomy and function of the body in both health and disease. MRI has a wide range of applications in medical diagnosis, however there are a number of risks associated with the process. One of the major risks is during emergency venting where there is a rapid release of cryogenic gas.

The Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is used to study the structure, and interaction of molecules allowing characterisation of molecules as well as analysis and characterisation of mixtures of biological or synthetic solutions or composites. One of the major risks is during emergency venting where there is a rapid release of cryogenic gas which can displace the oxygen in the room causing potential danger of suffocation.

Both represented risks to personnel including members of the public. Rowan House Ltd successfully completed these risk assessments to ensure that the hazards had been evaluated.

Rowan House Ltd also completed risk assessments of the cooling water systems, which were a bit more straightforward.

 

 

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