During the last 10 years, TOTAL has developed and refined a specific methodology to assess the operating and safety conditions of hydrocarbon processing installations.
This methodology has proven to be extremely effective to highlighting existing or potential hazards, due to the following techniques:
a detailed survey of facilities and documents
the use of a comprehensive check-list that enables:
a break down of complex issues into simpler elements which are easier to address ;
a careful investigation into activities where hazardous occurrences arise ;
a series of exercises and tests which assess plant conditions, site organisation and personnel behaviour.
a reporting system that keeps the operating company in touch with the auditors.
a rating system to provide precise reference which enables comparison with other installations.