Process Safety Culture

On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crewmembers aboard. After extensive investigation, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) concluded that the organizational safety culture gaps contributed significantly to this loss. Upon review of The CAIB report, the CCPS Technical Steering Committee concluded that the same cultural factors that impacted NASA could also impact on the chemical and petroleumn industries. CCPS invites chemical, petroleum, and other companies to use these materials to evaluate their company's process safety culture and to develop improvement strategies.

Developing, sustaining, and enhancing the organization's process safety culture is one of elements in the RBPS pillar of committing to process safety. CCPS members invite you to start the journey by reviewing the Building Process Safety Culture Tool Kit and then explore resources listed below to understand the attributes of a sound culture, and how your organization might begin to enhance its own culture.

2014 Conference Keynote

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:30am-9:15am
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Perspectives on Ragagep

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice or RAGAGEP is a fundamental building block of OSHA's PSM standard. OSHA has announced...

Becoming a Great Process Safety Leader

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:15am-10:45am
Leaders play a critical role in catastrophic event prevention through their effect on culture. At least one cultural factor was a root cause...

Vinyl Chloride Monomer Explosion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
2007 LPS best paper

Engaging Employees in Catastrophic Event Prevention

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Implementing an effective process safety system goes beyond documented policies and procedures. It requires behavioral reliability in its execution...

Engaging Senior Management In Process Safety: A Case History

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
Traditional PowerPoint style presentations are good for transferring information but were not found to be an effective medium for engaging senior...

Compliance: The Necessary Evil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Compliance: The Necessary Evil Compliance is not optional. Where process safety regulations are in place and enforced, failure to comply puts one’s...

Overview of Inherently Safer Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Best CCPS paper from 2010 GCPS

Process Safety Culture - Making This a Reality

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
There is a lot of attention on Process Safety Culture. Many implementers see this as an intangible attribute of a company or site. Others see this as...

Model to Implement Industrial and Operational Certification Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The intent is to present a practical model implementation of industrial and operational certification program that consider the most effective...

Mechanical Integrity 101 for Process Safety Professionals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
This paper prepares you to evaluate your existing practices versus recognized codes and standards and then to efficiently improve or develop and...

A Prudent Approach to Revalidating Process Hazard Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
The Chemical Process Industry (CPI) has long recognized the necessity of periodically revalidating Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), such as Hazard and...

Are We Really Learning from Major Accidents in Drilling Operations?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Are we really learning from major accidents in Drilling operations? Claudio Castañeda - Well Integrity Leader EQUION Energia Ltd Recently, we past...

What do a Trash Disposal Site and a Refinery Share in Common

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
These facts are true about refineries – They are always short of hydrogen They are considered by the local community as a toxic site to be controlled...

Managing Operational Risk in an Enterprise Risk Management Framework

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Chevron has a structured approach to enterprise risk management that is aligned to ISO31000 and consistent with industry best practices including the...

Typical Elements of Process Safety Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
This paper will present a suggestion of key elements that will provide grants for companies to develop their process safety management system, which...

Creating a Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:45am-1:00pm

"All in" Means "All the Time"

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:15am-11:45am
Process safety must be the responsibility of all technical and operations personnel. As such, this responsibility is not limited to attendance at PHA...

Technology Qualification - Two Subsea Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:15am-11:45am
A project that deploys new technologies needs to be confident that the technology can be implemented successfully and will perform reliably as...

Improving Plant Safety - an Operator Centric View on Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:15am-10:45am
Improving Plant Safety - An Operator Centric View on Process Safety Dr.-Ing. Gregor Fernholz, Global Business Development Manager OTS, Invensys,...

The Role Of Sequential Automation In Improving Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
The ISA106 Committee has released the first technical report for this standard dealing with Sequential Automation for Continuous Process Operations (...

Where are We Going? Vision 2020

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
CCPS Vision 2020

How to Influence the Organization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Process Safety professionals are typically not in the line management organization. Instead, they serve as engineering team members, corporate staff...

Real-Time Risk Assessment and Decision Support

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Managers and operators of major hazard facilities make complex decisions in hazardous situations as a part of their daily work activity. These...

Avoiding Waterside Corrosion Problems in Ethylene Plant Steam Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Avoiding Waterside Corrosion Problems in Ethylene Plant Steam Systems Proper water chemistry control is essential to maintaining reliable, efficient...

Driving Performance Improvement Using Progressive Leading Indicators

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Recently, there have been more and more discussions about predictive analytics. In many ways, predictive analytics offer a promising approach to help...

Human Performance Improvement Going Beyond Human Factors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Today, chemical, petrochemical, and refining processes are better understood than ever. In addition, maintenance inspections and tests, and...

PSM - Just a Job, or a Calling?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm

Lambda Tuning Methodology for Level and Other Integrating Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Tuning PID controllers for integrating processes, such as levels, can be frustrating and counterintuitive. For example, reducing the controller...

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

New Approaches for Turn Around Planning in Petrochemical Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:45am-11:00am
Well thought out approaches and planning, prior to execution, yield significant pay-outs on large scale turnarounds. In this paper, the author will...

PSM Elements: citations, practices & metrics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:30am-12:30pm
PSM Introduction 'Master Class' with two invited speakers Copyright © American Institute of Chemical Engineers. All rights reserved.

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:30am-11:30am
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

Operational ExcellenceEssential for Success in the 21st Century

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:30pm
Operational Excellence — Essential for Success in the 21 st Century By: John S Mitchell johnsmitchell2@gmail.com The term Operational Excellence is...

Process Safety in Power Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:45am-11:15am
Process Safety is a very common and used topic in the chemical industry. According to CCPS, an incident is reported as a process safety incident if...

Visual Aid to Reduce Spurious Trips and Nuisance Alarms

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 9:00am-9:30am
HAZOP and Safety Integrity Level (SIL studies encourage adding safeguards such as alarms and trip with little consideration for cost or operability...

PSM Challenge for Unregulated Upstream Facilities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:00am-8:30am
Upstream oil and gas facilities are typically exempt from the OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) standard; however, in light of recent regulatory...

Increasing the Agility of Process Safety Management Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The Process Industry is constantly adapting to change. High prices of raw materials, new materials for construction, and advances in technology...

Baha Blanca, Argentina. Explosin Catastrfica De Polvo En Un Silo

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
El 13 de marzo de 1985 a las 0.15 horas un incendio en el puerto dio inicio a uno de los accidentes más grandes ocurridos en la República Argentina...

Promoting Commitment to Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Successful implementation of process safety management (PSM) typically requires the use of a combination of physical and procedural safeguards...

Using Assessments to Improve Process Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
It is generally accepted that companies managing highly hazardous chemicals require a strong process safety culture and process safety management...

Process Safety: Uniandes Vision From the Latin-American Context

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Process Safety: Uniandes vision from the Latin-American context J. Cadena 1 , G. Gómez 2 , F. Munoz 3 Chemical Engineering Department, Universidad de...

Operational Discipline assessment during PSM audits Experience of RIL

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:45am-11:15am
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)'s Process Safety Management (PSM) audit programme is a critical component of its HSE governance process, which has...
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