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Tata Steel chose Phast

Tata Steel Europe Limited is the second largest steel producer in Europe. It is a subsidiary of Tata Steel, a top ten global steel producer and the world's second most geographically diversified. Their goal is to be the leader in health and safety within the steel industry. For quantitative risk analysis (QRA), the choice is to use DNV GL's Phast software solution.

“Tata Steel has a vision to be the leader within the steel industry within health and safety,” says Andrew Hickling, Process Safety Engineer at Tata Steel Europe. Part of that strategy relies on QRAs and on DNV GL’s Phast software (process hazard analysis). The key reasons Tata Steel has for choosing Phast are its consistent results, its high marks on intuitive use, and its use by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

“The HSE uses Phast for their analyses as well,” says Mr Hickling. “When we’re talking to them they actually understand what we’ve done, why we’ve done it, the para-meters that we use, and the inputs.” This makes communication and compliance much more efficient.

“Our approach to risk management is trying to understand the hazards and the associated barriers that protect both the business and the people surrounding the site from these hazards, and to use safety and environmental risk assessments to ensure that the barriers are in place and maintained. Before we implemented Phast, I don’t believe we saw the challenges to our risk management policy.

Major Action Hazard Regulations

“When we came under the Control of Major Action Hazard Regulations in 1999, we didn’t yet have a way of predicting what would happen should our hazards be realized. With Phast we can produce a consistent approach to these hazards and produce data that we can actually share with other companies and our own people.”

After the Phast implementation there was a steep learning curve. “Phast was new to us and the results it could produce were actually new to us as well. But as we got more confident using the software, obviously we were able to produce results. Now we get the same results from all the sites. Everybody is using the same software and producing the same output.”

Today, a new engineer at Tata Steel will learn to use the software in a matter of weeks. “It’s the interpretation of the results that takes a long time. Sometimes it takes some interpretation to look into the results, and why the parameters are different. We’re all constantly learning how to use the software — even now, after using it for five years, there are still things that we’re all learning,” says Mr Hickling.


One of the main benefits of DNV GL is the level of service provided. “DNV GL support provide us with an excellent service,” says Mr Hickling.

“If we have a unique problem – for example if we need Phast to do something that’s not quite within the functionality – usually we get a reply within hours, which is excellent compared to some of the other software packages we’ve used, that take days to produce an answer.”

The consistent results from all of the production sites in Europe are, according to Mr Hickling, the most important reason why Tata Steel has chosen Phast.

“Others in the same industry can gain from using Phast because it produces consistent results. If you’re using the same inputs, obviously you’re going to get consistent results. The reports are consistent, so you can actually compare site to site,” says Mr Hickling.

Why we chose DNV GL:

  • DNV GL provides excellent support
  • Quick response time

This is what we gained:

  • Phast is approved by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Phast produces consistent results
  • Software scores high on intuitive use

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