Compliance with Standards

Identifying and addressing relevant process safety standards, codes, regulations, and laws over the life of a process is one of the five elements in the RBPS pillar of committing to process safety.  Resources in this section describe processes for maintaining adherence to applicable standards, codes, regulations, and laws (standards), the attributes of a standards system, and the steps an organization might take to implement the standards element.  Start with reading an Introduction to Compliance with Standards, then explore resources like the Process Safety and Risk Management of Chemical Parks and more below.

Tutorial on Combustible Dust

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Recent catastrophic dust explosions, the combustible dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), and OSHA proposed rulemaking, have increased awareness of...

Guidelines for Consequence Analysis of Chemical Releases

March, 1995
This Guidelines book provides technical information on how to conduct a consequence analysis to satisfy your company's needs and the EPA rules. It covers quantifying the size of a release, dispersion of vapor clouds to an endpoint concentration, outcomes for various types of explosions and fires,...

Safety in the LNG Value Chain

Dec 12, 2012
In this webinar, presenters describe and examine potential LNG (liquefied natural gas) hazards and risk-reduction methods for the LNG value chain ―...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

Practical Compliance with the EPA Risk Management Program: A CCPS Concept Book

July, 2009
At last, smaller chemical processing operations have truly easy access to process safety and risk management programs tailored to meet their needs. Written as a "how to" book with checklists, it offers sufficient information for managers of facilities with small chemical operations to implement a...

Recommended Industry Process Safety Metrics

CCPS Webinar
Feb 13, 2008
The BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel (“Baker Panel”) and US Chemical Safety Board each recommended improved industry-wide process...

OSHA's New Chemical NEP: How to Make the Grade and Earn Extra Credit

Heather Forgione, Henry Ozog
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration evaluates chemical facilities’ process safety management systems through a new national emphasis program. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of receiving citations, streamline the inspection process, and pave the way for future excellence.

Reshaping Process Safety Regulations

Walter L. Frank
Changes to OSHA's PSM rule and EPA's RMP programs are underway, due to pressures from various groups and the need for greater security.

Developing Safety Standard for Pilot Plants

Richard P. Palluzi
Safety standards can significantly improve pilot plant safety and increase efficiency. This article addresses many of the issues involved in developing, deploying and using such standards.

Before OSHA Comes Knocking ...

Daniel Steinway
The OSHA Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program will soon apply to the chemical industry, targeting compliance with safety standards associated with chemical hazards.

Six Steps to Effectively Update and Revalidate PHAs

David K. Whittle, Kevin  Smith
Process hazard analyses must be revamped — or redone from scratch — every five years by law. Following the guidance given here will facilitate this effort.

Guidelines for Auditing Process Safety Management Systems, 2nd Edition

February, 2011
This book discusses the fundamental skills, techniques, and tools of auditing, and the characteristics of a good process safety management system. A variety of approaches are given so the reader can select the best methodology for a given audit. This book updates the original CCPS Auditing...

Dust Explosions

AIChE Webinar
Jun 24, 2009
Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to...

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

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 28, 2009
The theme of this session is implementing Process Safety systems from two different perspectives: (1) what Senior Management needs from process...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Hot Work Hazards

Process Safety Beacon
A contract welder and a foreman were repairing an agitator support on top of an atmospheric-pressure storage tank. The tank contained a polyvinyl fluoride slurry with a flammable concentration if vinyl fluoride in the vapor space. An explosion...

Process Safety - Management or Leadership?

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Process Safety Management is often presented as technically complex, requiring a large staff of engineers and specialists with an array of tools and...

An Update on OSHA's PSM National Emphasis Programs

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 15, 2011
Since 2007, OSHA has initiated two major National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) in process safety. The Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management NEP (...

PSM Auditing Dilemmas

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 13, 2011
In most PSM audits, the audit team will face one or more situations that represent a dilemma. These dilemmas usually require the individual auditor...

OSHA Refinery and Chemical NEP Findings

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
Since 2007, OSHA has initiated two major National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) in process safety. The Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management NEP (...

Preparing for the Chemical NEP

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
On July 27, 2009, OSHA issued a National Emphasis Program for the chemical industry (“the Chemical NEP”). Pursuant to the Chemical NEP, OSHA will...

Complying with OSHA's RNEP, CNEP, and VPP RAGAGEP

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
The OSHA Refinery National Emphasis Program (NEP) and OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) PSM Supplement ask specific questions relative to many...

Challenges in Hosting an NEP Inspection

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
An NEP inspection can be very resource intensive; OSHA has received over well over 10,000 pages of documentation at one refinery during an NEP...

OSHA Chemical NEP Panel Discussion

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 23, 2010
This presentation will provide additional time for the session speakers to discuss additional aspects of the OSHA Chemical National Emphasis Program...

Process Safety Management in the Energy Sector

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 22, 2010
This paper describes experience of application of the principles of process safety management within Centrica plc, an integrated energy company with...

Auditing Process Safety

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 27, 2009
The 2nd Edition of the CCPS Guidelines for Auditing Process Safety Management Systems is currently being prepared. This session will include papers...

Safe Design and Operation of Process Vents and Emission Control Systems

March, 2006
Process vent header collection systems are subject to continually varying compositions and flow rates and thus present significant challenges for safe design. Due to increasingly demanding safety, health, environmental, and property protection requirements, today's industrial designers are faced...

Nitrogen — Hazard and Safeguard

Process Safety Beacon
This Beacon is not focused on a single incident, but on incidents that continue to occur across industry — nitrogen asphyxiation.
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