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

Southwest Process Technology Conference
Oct 9, 2014
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Perspectives on Ragagep

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2014
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2014
Leaders play a critical role in catastrophic event prevention through their effect on culture. At least one cultural factor was a root cause...

Engaging Employees in Catastrophic Event Prevention

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2014
Implementing an effective process safety system goes beyond documented policies and procedures. It requires behavioral reliability in its execution...

Compliance: The Necessary Evil

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2014
Compliance: The Necessary Evil Compliance is not optional. Where process safety regulations are in place and enforced, failure to comply puts one’s...

Process Safety Culture - Making This a Reality

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
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...

Typical Elements of Process Safety Management

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
This paper will present a suggestion of key elements that will provide grants for companies to develop their process safety management system, which...

Technology Qualification - Two Subsea Applications

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
A project that deploys new technologies needs to be confident that the technology can be implemented successfully and will perform reliably as...

"All in" Means "All the Time"

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
Process safety must be the responsibility of all technical and operations personnel. As such, this responsibility is not limited to attendance at PHA...

Real-Time Risk Assessment and Decision Support

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
Managers and operators of major hazard facilities make complex decisions in hazardous situations as a part of their daily work activity. These...

How to Influence the Organization

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
Process Safety professionals are typically not in the line management organization. Instead, they serve as engineering team members, corporate staff...

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 31, 2014
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

Panelist 1

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 31, 2014
PSM Introduction 'Master Class' with two invited speakers Copyright © American Institute of Chemical Engineers. All rights reserved.

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

Southwest Process Technology Conference
Oct 4, 2013
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

Process Safety in Power Plants

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
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

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

Promoting Commitment to Process Safety

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
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

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
It is generally accepted that companies managing highly hazardous chemicals require a strong process safety culture and process safety management...

Beyond the 2 Million Safe Hours

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
ABSTRACT In September 2012, WorleyParsons Arctic Business Unit, part of WorleyParsons Western Operations in Southern California, celebrated...
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