Risks assessment in thermal power plants using ISM methodology

  • Yongbo LiEmail author
  • Bathrinath Sankaranarayanan
  • D. Thresh Kumar
  • Ali Diabat
Original Research


This paper assesses the interrelationships between hazards/risks (considered as barriers) for the effective implementation of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) measures using Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM). We investigate within and among hazard/risk classes and formulate a structural model that identifies and prioritizes their levels. Mitigation strategies for the identified barriers make the research outcome more useful and applicable. Results reveal that insulation failure, barrier (B7), is the most influential hazard; hence, it must be addressed first for the effective implementation of OHS measures in coal-fired thermal power plants. The second barrier in the ISM hierarchy, (B6) fire (mill/pool/jet), and additional hazards and risks require further assessment.


Interrelationship between hazards/risks OHS ISM Coal-fired thermal power plants 



The work funded by National Social Science Foundation of China. Grant Number: 14BJL045; Shandong provincial social science planning research project. Grant Number: 18BCXJ03; Qingdao social science planning project. Grant Number: QDSKL1801043; Shandong university humanities and social science research project. Grant Number: J18RB189.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yongbo Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bathrinath Sankaranarayanan
    • 2
  • D. Thresh Kumar
    • 3
  • Ali Diabat
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Economics and ManagementChina University of Petroleum(East China)QingdaoPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringKalasalingam UniversityKrishnankoilIndia
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringPTR Engineering CollegeMaduraiIndia
  4. 4.Division of EngineeringNew York University Abu Dhabi, Saadiyat IslandAbu DhabiUAE
  5. 5.Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, Tandon School of EngineeringNew York UniversityBrooklynUSA

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