The purpose of a HAZOP study is to identify potentially hazardous variations from design intent in components and in interactions between system components.
HAZOP may be applied throughout the system life cycle and carried out at various levels of design representation.
It utilizes concepts of:
- Attribute, and
- Guide Word.
HAZOP studies are a team activity. Their effectiveness relies upon the management of the team, the knowledge of the team members, and the interaction of the individuals.