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. Learn more by reading the Introduction to Process Safety Culture.

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.

Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs in the Process Industries

November, 2011
This book provides guidance on characterizing, recognizing, and responding to warning signs to help avoid process incidents and injuries before they occur. The guidance can be used by both process safety management (PSM) professionals in evaluating their processes and PSM systems as well as for...

Developing Credible Scenarios for a PHA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
OSHA’s Compliance Guidelines and Recommendations for the PSM Standard states “A PHA is an organized and systematic effort to identify and analyze the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

"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...

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 (...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Identifying Root Causes in Auditing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
AIChE 9th Global Congress on Process Safety April 28-May 1, 2013 San Antonio, TX Call for Papers Title: Identifying Root Causes in Auditing Authors:...

Process Safety - A Value Not Just a Priority

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:30am-9:00am
Process Safety in any Organisation will only be efficient when its Safety culture allows. If Process Safety Management (PSM) efforts are subjected to...

Characteristics of Companies with Great Process Safety Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 11:00am-11:30am
CCPS’s Vision 2020 describes the characteristics of companies with great process safety performance in the future. This work is extremely important...

Fatal Exposure: Tragedy At DuPont

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
This investigation by the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) provides unique lessons in process safety. Three...

Correlating Process Safety Leading Indicators with Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Correlating Process Safety Indicators with Performance Jerry Forest Global Process Safety Manager Celanese 1601 West LBJ Freeway Dallas, TX 75234 (...

Tutorial on Combustible Dust

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Recent catastrophic dust explosions, the combustible dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), and OSHA proposed rulemaking, have increased awareness of...

How to Evaluate Process Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 8:00pm
At first glance it may seem that organizational culture is subjective and therefore difficult to measure. Indeed, even the definition of culture...

Fire, Explosion, & Quantitative Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 11:30am
Fires and explosions result in the largest losses in process safety accidents. The increased sensitivity by industry, regulatory, and public sectors...

Process Safety - From the Top-Down and Bottom-up

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 9:30am
The theme of this session is implementing Process Safety systems from two different perspectives: (1) what Senior Management needs from process...

Implementing PSM Globally

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 9:30am
In the last several years there have been numerous changes in technical and analytical methods, process safety management systems, regulations,...

Managing Dust Explosion Hazards

August
2009
Safety
Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D.
Companies that handle powders or other particulate solids need to be aware of the potential for fire and explosions, and follow industry best practices, codes and standards to manage the risk.

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Discover Your Personal Process Safety Culture

February
2014
Spotlight on Safety
John Herber
Culture can be defined as a collective group of shared beliefs and values that shape how we act. We think of culture as it relates to the actions and reactions of a group, company, or society. However, it can also characterize an individual — what influences how you make day-to-day decisions or handle various situations. Personal process safety culture can be assessed by observing someone’s (yours or another person’s) response to situations involving a safety violation.

Guidelines for Defining Process Safety Competency Requirements

October, 2015
This Guideline presents the framework of process safety knowledge and expertise versus the desired competency level in a “super-matrix” format, vertically and diagonally. The matrix references for potential remedies/required training may be tailored to a company’s internally developed training,...

Guidelines for Preventing Human Error in Process Safety

August, 2004
Almost all the major accident investigations--Texas City, Piper Alpha, the Phillips 66 explosion, Feyzin, Mexico City--show human error as the principal cause, either in design, operations, maintenance, or the management of safety. This book provides practical advice that can substantially reduce...

Making EHS an Integral Part of Process Design

June, 2001
This book presents an approach—termed MERITT (Maximizing EHS Returns by Integrating Tools and Talents)—for enhancing process development through better integration of environmental, health, and safety evaluations. It draws upon critical components of inherent safety, pollution prevention, green...

Guidelines for Process Safety in Outsourced Manufacturing Operations

September, 2000
In today’s competitive economy, companies often augment in-house production by outsourcing chemical reaction processes and distillation, drying, formulating, blending, and packaging operations. While most of these tolling, or contracted manufacturing services, proceed without incident, recent major...

Guidelines for Vapor Release Mitigation

April, 1988
Guidelines for Vapor Release Mitigation is a survey of current industrial practice for controlling accidental releases of hazardous vapors and preventing their escape from the source area.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Double Block and Bleed

March
2012
Process Safety Beacon
The December 2011 Beacon described an incident where a missing plug on a vent line resulted in a flammable material leak that caught fire, causing a fatality. That incident reminded us of the importance of caps and plugs on process vent lines and...
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