Open PHA Desktop and Open PHA Cloud are powerful tools for performing, analyzing, and maintaining HAZOP, LOPA, and Security PHA Review studies.

There is no charge to download and use Open PHA Desktop on your Windows, Mac, and Linux computer.  You can follow the link in the column to the right or scroll near the bottom of this page to download. The image to the left is Desktop.

Open PHA Cloud is a module in the Kenexis Integrated Safety Suite (KISS) and runs in your browser. KISS provides technical safety professionals with a secure cloud-based multi-user platform for the design of engineered safeguards. You can follow the link in the column to the right or scroll near the bottom of this page to request a trial to the inexpensive Open PHA Cloud. You will find the features we can provide in the Cloud are extremely beneficial.

Both products were designed to work together and are both complete HAZOP and LOPA software supporting customized Risk Matrix, Likelihood Categories, Consequence Categories, and Risk Rankings, Nodes, Deviations, HAZOP & LOPA Worksheets, Recommendations, Safeguards, a Parking Lot, and Reporting.

The desktop and cloud versions are interoperable, allowing files to seamlessly be transferred between the cloud-based and desktop-based versions.  Typically, most of the work is done on the desktop version and the cloud-based version is typically utilized for advanced features such as a dashboard and advanced reporting.  You can download the desktop version for free or request a free 30-day trial of the cloud-based version at the links below.

The Open PHA Desktop version is a standalone desktop application, which stores files locally on your computer without the need for an internet connection to facilitate work in remote areas.

The licensed Open PHA Cloud version of the software runs in a browser and is designed to work with the Desktop versions to provide additional benefits when the user returns to a location where they can access the internet. Together, these two products make it easy to perform a PHA when no internet access is available,  record the study in the local language the upload and translate in Open PHA Cloud, and share data easily with corporate in any language.

Open PHA Desktop & Cloud features include:

  • Configurable HAZOP and LOPA Worksheets
  • Configurable, Import & Export Risk Criteria
  • Recommendation Tracking
  • Deep Copy & Paste, Search & Replace
  • Implicit & Explicit LOPA Support
  • Cross-Platform Support (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Open PHA Cloud (image to the right) added features:

  • PREMIUM SUPPORT
  • Requires Internet Connection
  • Templating for nodes and checklist to enable consistency across large organizations.
  • Dashboards for Studies, Site, Corporate
  • Revision Manager
  • Synchronize IPFs with Vertigo for SIL Verification
  • One Click Report Generating from Custom *.DOCX Template
  • Study Content Translation to any language
  • Bowtie Graphic Generation
  • PHAWorks Import
  • Share and Collaborate with Extended Project Teams

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Introduction Video

Open-source Standardized Data Structure

No more porting and manipulating data and worrying about the consistency of information across multiple files, studies, or data structures.

Our data structure is fully integrated using an open-source standardized data structure that is revolutionizing PHA documentation. The standardized data structure allows the development of tools that can display a single set of data as a HAZOP worksheet, LOPA worksheet, or bow-tie diagram.  The open-source standardized data structure was used since inception with a deliberate effort to eliminate the problems presented with other software.  As a result, data from multiple scenarios can rolled up into easier to use hazard registers and visualized with graphical approaches like bow-tie diagrams, rolled up into Power BI and other tools, eliminating the frustration of managing replicated data in multiple locations and different languages.

Migrating PHA Studies to Open PHA

We realize you have PHA projects on other software and transitioning to secure cloud-based solutions may be difficult. Let us make that easy for you. Just contact us to start the process. We will create the merge tool and port your PHA projects into Open PHA and then you can take advantage of our unified hazard assessment data structure to perform SIL Verification, Fault-tree Analysis, Quantitative Bowtie Analysis, and SIS Life Cycle Management.

Because HAZOP and LOPA studies are the core of process safety documentation we believe it is important for the information contained within the HAZOP and LOPA to be easily shared across common applications and platforms.  Open PHA was developed to make it easy to pull data from HAZOP and LOPA studies into third party and custom software tools like Power BI. This philosophy is a paradigm shift in PHA software as file data structures have historically been proprietary to prevent third-party access and discourage the use of competing software tools.

We will help with your transition from your existing PHA software to Open PHA software and provide training and support.

All the features we expect in a PHA tool and more.

Built-In Dashboard

While you can use just about any 3rd party software tool to gather data from Open PHA for analysis and reporting, we also built a dash-board for you including critical information about PHA studies including age, recommendations, etc.

Deep Copy & Paste

And all the other features you have come to expect in a PHA tool are built into Open PHA. Deep Copy & Paste is proven useful in situations where a node or deviation is like another and you want to capture the associated information to paste elsewhere. In these situations, a node or deviation is copied, pasted, and only the information that is different will be changed. This is much more efficient that building out a new node from scratch and helps to expedite HAZOP and LOPA meetings.

Explicit & Implicit Supported

Support for both explicit and the less common implicit LOPA. In an Explicit LOPA, the team establishes a TMEL target based on a consequence severity, then explicitly defined frequencies of cause and applies frequency modifiers such as conditional modifiers, enabling events and probabilities of failure for IPL’s. In an implicit LOPA, the team works with the concept of “LOPA credits”.

Checklist

We continue to add features that bring value to the people who use our software. In addition to using our software, we develop and manage the our software code internally. This makes us more aware of requirements and trends. Soon after releasing the software, we realized that it should also support checklist even though a lot of our users were doing checklist in other desktop software.

Risk Criteria & Column Control

You can customize Risk Criteria and Export or Import it as a Template. Enable Columns visibility as necessary.

Open PHA Cloud

Open PHA Cloud adds features that make processing HAZOP and LOPA results much easier once you return to the office. You can also easily setup individuals outside of your organization so that they can see HAZOP and LOPA results securely. This includes Kenexis if you want additional assistance with complex situations, SIL Calculations, focused QRAs, or Fault-Tree Analysis. Just like online banking, not even Kenexis can see your data in KISS unless you share it with us.

Cloud leverages the power of the Integrated Safety Suite to synchronize Independent Protection Layers (IPLs) in LOPA studies with the SIS lifecycle management tools in Kenexis Vertigo. During project or conceptual design phases, Vertigo SIF lists can be automatically generated from IPL lists in Open PHA Cloud. Following HAZOP and LOPA revalidation studies, Vertigo SIL Verification calculations and Safety Requirements Specifications can be synchronized with Open PHA Cloud automatically to update Risk Reduction and SIL Requirements as shown in the image to the left.

Cloud now includes templating for nodes and checklist to enable consistency across large organizations. Shown in the image to the far right.

Cloud features also include Revision Control as shown in the image to the near right.

You can translate study content into virtually any language. In the image below we translated an English study to Dutch. If you look closely at the image above, you can see that the translated HAZOP and LOPA were synchronized with Vertigo and the synchronized content is in Dutch also.

Automatic Updates

If you already have Open PHA Desktop downloaded on your computer, the next time you open it you will get a message like the one below. Reopen Open PHA Desktop to upgrade.

Open PHA Cloud updates automatically for you so you don’t even need to acknowledge the action.

Security PHA Review Built-In

Security PHA Review Built-In

Security PHA Review (SPR) is an easy method to check safety functions for cybersecurity risks. In Open PHA you can easily turn on the fields to SPR to facilitate a review of a HAZOP and record if the cause and safeguards can be compromised by a hacker or malware, ultimately determining if additional effort is required to secure the scenario against a cybersecurity risk.

We wrote the book in the link below so that you can read it yourself and be able to perform a SPR with ease.

Learn more about Security PHA Review

You can easily record a Security PHA Review in Open PHA Desktop no charge version.

FAQs

It is always favorable not to mention a competitor. However, in this case we have used our competitors tools for many years and that is the reason we developed Open PHA. Open PHA is very comparable to all of the market leaders providing PHA documentation software, including PHA Works and PHA Pro.

The format and layout of the fields and forms for data entry are all similar.  Open PHA is usually considered easier to use and more aesthetic than PHA Works, and comparable to PHA Pro.  The standard content of studies is very similar between all three of the offerings.

There are two areas of significant difference:

  1. Kenexis Open PHA is free to use, with a single seat enterprise license of Open PHA Could only costing $1,000 per year, which is less than the maintenance costs for a single desktop license of our competitors software.
  2. The other area of difference is in how we handle data.  PHA Pro and PHA Works have customizable database structures that are stored as binary files, whereas Open PHA has a fixed standard database structure that is stored as a plain text file.  Open PHA provides customization by allowing the user to show or hide fields of the database but cannot change them.  While a customizable database structure may seem like an advantage, it usually causes more problems than in solves because it allows every user and consultant working on your plant to implement their own data structure.  If a single plant has many different database structures, it is impossible for them to aggregate all of the data from all of the studies into a single dashboard.  This is only possible with Open PHA Desktop and Cloud because of its fixed, open, and standardized data structure (developed in cooperation with the Purdue Process Safety and Assurance Center of Purdue University).  Additionally, Open PHA has a published structure allowing for advanced programming and compiling of data across thousands of PHA records.

Open PHA Standard has very few, if any, limitations in comparison to its competitors.  Open PHA Cloud includes a variety of additional features, many of which are not available at all from our competition, including language conversion, and bowtie diagram visualization.

Both packages are designed to work together. Let me explain.

The Open PHA Desktop version is a standalone desktop application, which stores files locally on your computer without the need for an internet connection to facilitate work in remote areas.

The licensed open PHA Cloud version of the software runs in a browser and is designed to work with the Desktop versions to provide additional benefits when the user returns to a location where they can access the internet.

Open PHA Desktop & Cloud features include:

  • Configurable HAZOP and LOPA Worksheets
  • Configurable Risk Criteria
  • Recommendation Tracking
  • Deep Copy & Paste
  • Search & Replace
  • Implicit & Explicit LOPA Support
  • Cross-Platform Support (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Open PHA Cloud added features:

  • Requires Internet Connection
  • Study / Facility Dashboard
  • Revision Manager
  • Integration with Vertigo SIS Lifecycle Management
  • One Click Report Generating from Custom *.DOCX Template
  • Study Content Translation
  • Bowtie Generation
  • PHAWorks Import
  • Share and Collaborate with Project Teams

Putting the software through its paces can be done very easily, at no cost.

You simply need to go to the Open PHA software page on our web site and download Open PHA Desktop version of the software at no cost.

You can also request a 30-day trial license of Open PHA Cloud on the same page.

Yes, both versions of Open PHA are updated frequently and actively maintained.  Our software is developed using a CI/CD process meaning updates come more frequently that with legacy desktop software.

Open PHA Cloud will always be up to date as it is a web application.

Open PHA Desktop will check for updates when you open the application if you are connected to the internet.  If an update is found it will download it in the background and install the update the next time Open PHA is closed.

There is no end-of-life plan for Open PHA.

The software is still early in its lifecycle (launched in 2017) and we are actively introducing new features.

In Open PHA Cloud, licensing is done under a concurrent user licensing model.

Concurrent licensing allows any number of users access to the software simultaneously up to the number of concurrent user licenses that you purchase.

Unlicensed, view-only access is free and unlimited. You set up a user account or invite a user for anyone who you would like to have view-only access.

Concurrent user model only applies to users who need editor privileges.

The two versions of Open PHA are intended to be used together.

Open PHA Desktop provides the basic functionality you would be expected to need to during a facilitation session without the need for an internet connection.

Open PHA Cloud provides additional features only available in the Kenexis Integrated Safety Suite like our premium reporting tools, dashboard, integration with SIS Lifecycle Management software, revision management, bowtie diagram generation, etc.

The way that product is intended to be used is for Open PHA Desktop to be used during a facilitation, where internet connection may be unreliable or unavailable, then for the study to be uploaded to Open PHA Cloud when you are back in the office and have reliable internet for finalizing the study and generating a report.  In addition, read-only access to Open PHA Cloud is no-cost, so you can share access to your studies with colleagues and clients easily without having to worry about someone modifying of deleting files.  This is how our engineers and Kenexis use of the software and how I suspect most of our users are using it as well.

To move studies between the desktop and the cloud, you can use the study import/export tool described in section 3.2.3 of the KISS Project Manager User’s manual at the following link.

https://www.kenexis.com/support-post/kiss-project-manager-users-manual/

Additionally, if you are revalidating an existing study, you can “import and a working revision” from the premium tools menu in Open PHA cloud.  This overwrites the currently working revision of a study as described in Section 5.5 of the Open PHA User’s Manual at the following link.

https://www.kenexis.com/support-post/open-pha-users-manual/

No, our software is not tied to Excel or Microsoft in any way.  In fact, Open PHA Desktop is cross-platform. It runs on Mac and Linux as well.

Open PHA Desktop and Cloud are integrated HAZOP and LOPA software used to record HAZOP and LOPA to determine SIL requirements in accordance with IEC 61511.  However, Open PHA alone does not provide all of the functionality required to comply with IEC 61511.  Open PHA Cloud is integrated with our SIS Lifecycle Management software Vertigo.  While Open PHA Desktop can be used for SIL determination, Vertigo can be used to perform the remaining SIS Lifecycle tasks like SIL Verification, SRS Development and bypass/testing tracking during the operational phases of the lifecycle.  Our Vertigo software is built around and implements the recommended practices from ISA on implementation of the IEC/ISA 61511 standard.

Our platform can provide the functionality you have described.

Open PHA software provides the HAZOP, LOPA and SIL determination functionality.

In addition, Open PHA Cloud is integrated with our Vertigo SIS Lifecycle Management software. Vertigo software extends the functionality of Open PHA Cloud to allow you to perform SIL Verification calculations, develop Safety Requirement Specifications and track the performance of a Safety Instrumented System through the life of the system.

Unfortunately, PHA-Pro is a proprietary software and Kenexis do not have the ability to read those files.

Open PHA supports translations to languages automatically. This is done by looking at the default language for your operating system or your web browser.

There is not a way for the user to manually change the language.

Currently we have support for three languages: English, Chinese and Portuguese.

We support Chinese and Portuguese because there is high demand for our software in China and Brazil where many users do not speak English as a second language.

If you have another language needed, please let us know using the Contact section at the bottom of this page and we will try to accommodate.

You can share your desktop with others using any type of remote conferencing.
Open PHA Cloud, verrsus Open PHA Desktop, adds additional premium features listed below.
Open PHA Cloud added features:
  • Requires Internet Connection
  • Study / Facility Dashboard
  • Revision Manager
  • Integration with Vertigo SIS Lifecycle Management
  • One Click Report Generating from Custom *.DOCX Template
  • Study Content Translation
  • Bowtie Generation
  • PHAWorks Import
  • Share and Collaborate with Project Teams

The last item “Share and Collaborate with Project Teams” is designed to facilitate corporate settings where multiple people want to review and alter findings, recommendations, etc.

If you use Open PHA Cloud for a meeting, you still share your desktop via the web conferencing tool you use like Microsoft Teams or Zoom. But, you will be sharing a browser session requiring an Internet connection the entire time.
We suggest you use Open PHA Desktop for the actual PHA facilitation and recording, that is why it was created as a no-cost download. Then later if you want the added features, you can upgrade to Open PHA Cloud for the added features.

Continuing Engineering Support

Provides either a consulting engineer to provide a service or seconded (contract) employee. Companies can take advantage of contracting an SIS or PSM expert for short or extended periods to function as part of an engineering team. Or companies can take advantage of the same Kenexis staff to function as a service to provide the same functions as an independent third party.

Integrated Safety Suite & Process Safety Training Center

Kenexis Software runs on our secure cloud servers and is accessed by any licensed user on any computer or tablet through a standard browser. The unique architecture ensures that your software is always available and up to date with the latest performance metrics and resource databases.

Our Process Safety Training Center is also integrated with the software on the Integrated Safety Suite so you can learn how to use the software, learn theory, and process safety engineering all in one place.

Our solution makes it easy for a licensed user to share project information with others including contracts, EPCs, and to leverage Kenexis process safety engineers for project assistance, outsourcing, and verification and certification of your analyses.

  • Compatibility with most browsers in most operating systems
  • Integrated with Process Safety Training Center
  • Extensive standard and custom equipment databases
  • Detailed technical documentation and help
  • Dedicated help desk and support
  • Reports and graphical results output and export

Trial Request & Pricing

Click here to get started today with Open PHA Desktop for free!

There is NO CHARGE for Open PHA Desktop. Just download it using the link above. System requirements are minimal – Open PHA Desktop runs on Mac, Linux, or Windows

Request a 30-day Trial of Open PHA Cloud

Click here to request a free 30-day evaluation of Open PHA Cloud

Open PHA Cloud has an annual subscription price listed below. System requirements – requires a browser on Mac, Linux, or Windows platform, no other requirements

Price

There is NO CHARGE for Open PHA Desktop. Just download it using the link above.

Open PHA Cloud runs in a browser to take advantage of additional cloud-based computing functions to add capabilities that enhance HAZOP and LOPA studies performed in Open PHA Desktop. A concurrent-user license cost $1,250/yr for the first license. One concurrent license can be used easily in small team, but if you start needing access more when someone else is using the one license, you can add a subsequent license for only half the annual subscription rate.

The Cloud version compliments Desktop by incorporating cloud-based powerful functions including:

  • Cloud dashboard shows PHA studies by age, recommendations status, LOPA recommendations, risk ranks, safety-environmental-asset severities
  • Revision management
  • SIS Lifecycle (Vertigo) integration for SIL verification calculations
  • One-click report generation from Word.docx template
  • Study content translation to virtually any language
  • Bowtie diagram generation
  • PHAWorks® import function
  • Project team sharing

Use the Contact Kenexis section below to request a proposal.

More Information

Open PHA Brochure link 

There are several training courses on Open PHA on our Process Safety Training Center.

   

You will find a training button  when you log into Open PHA athttps://kiss.kenexis.com/Account/Login.aspx

The classes above are no charge (free). There are also theory and practice classes that require an annual training subscription. Learn more about the available training at https://www.kenexis.com/technical-safety-training/

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