Conduct of Operations

Developing and sustaining high standards in the conduct of operations is one of nine elements in the RBPS pillar of managing risk. The concept of conduct of operations, the attributes of a reliable system for conducting operations, and the steps an organization might take to formalize the conduct of operations can be found in the Introduction to Conduct of Operations.

More information regarding Conduct of Operations can be found in these CCPS Guidelines books regarding managing risk.

One critical aspect of Conduct of Operations is managing the communication interfaces between workers and work groups.  
Information on Interface Management may be found in this short publication. 

Automation Solutions for Processing Light Tight (Shale) Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter crude oils don’t...

Tutorial on Auto-Refrigeration and Brittle Fracture Analysis (Part 2)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:15pm
The tutorial is aimed at entry level to seasoned veteran engineers that desire to have a better understanding of this multidiscipline process safety...

Tutorial on Auto-Refrigeration and Brittle Fracture Analysis (Part 1)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:15pm
The tutorial is aimed at entry level to seasoned veteran engineers that desire to have a better understanding of this multidiscipline process safety...

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...

Are Unconfined Hydrogen Vapor Cloud Explosions Credible?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

Influence of Customers on PSM Programs - Hitting a Moving Target

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
What responsible organization does not aim for continual improvement in their PSM program? Lack of resources, lack of commitment, or even conflicting...

Keys to Avoid Making a Dog's Breakfast out of Your MOC System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
When thinking about MOCs on a case by case basis it is easy to forget the overall role of a change management system. Think of MOC as a security...

Improve Furnace Availability and Control Downtime

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
In 2008, Ethylene Producer's Committee sponsored a worldwide furnace maintenance survey among ethylene producers. Out of the 67 respondents, over 70...

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...

Systematic Analysis and Learning from Process Safety Incidents

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
Numerous incidents have occurred in the process industries and caused hundreds of fatalities and injuries. The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has...

Detail Analysis of Caustic Tower Fouling Mechanism

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:15pm
To ensure the successful chemical treatment of a caustic system, fouling mechanisms must be identified and their respective contributions to the...

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...

The PHA-MOC Interaction - Getting the Best out of Both Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
The PHA-MOC Interaction – Getting the Best Out of Both Processes Rainer Hoff, Ph.D., P.Eng. President Gateway Consulting Group, Inc. Paul A...

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...

Using near Misses to Improve Risk Management Decisions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
In the process safety literature it is often claimed that the analysis of near-miss incidents can improve process safety performance. However,...

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...

Update of the Activities of the NOx Safety Task Group

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:45am-9:15am
The initial AIChE Task Group for NOx Safety was set up following a disclosure of significant accumulations of the NOx compound, N 2 O 3, in an...

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...

Operational Discipline: Panacea for Performance?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Over the last few years, many companies have had an increased focus on implementing or upgrading programs to improve operational discipline (OD) in...

Conduct of Operations Best Practice Networks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Conduct of Operations Best Practice Networks Marco Vela Corporate Process Safety Engineer Celanese 1601 West LBJ Freeway Dallas, TX 75234 (214) 417-...

Some Lessons Learned When Communicating with Neighboring Communities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
This paper combines 35 years of direct plant managerial experience on processes handling hazardous materials and energies with a subsequent decade of...

Defining and Creating Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:45am-9:15am
The continuous drive for excellence in our industry reaches all segments and disciplines of our organizations. The goal to improve the safety of our...

Process Safety: At the Heart of Operations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Process Safety is no longer a supporting function but core business in any organization that operates high risk facilities. To ensure a safe and...

Modeling of Ground Flare Pits

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 12:00am
New LNG liquefaction facilities have been configured to include large ground flares to allow for the safe combustion of large volumes of combustible...

Eliminating Difficult Start Ups with State Based Controls

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Some processes are just difficult to start up. Every year, significant production is lost due to start up delays, product quality issues after...

How to Structure a Basic Care Strategy for Rotating Equipment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
Do your operators and management know the real health of your machinery?. Do they depend too much on the alarm notification of the abnormal condition...

Operations Management Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
The intent of this session is to present and develop a framework for management of rotating equipment within the plant. The papers and panel...

Case Histories and Lessons Learned

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 9:30am
Reviews of process safety incidents and near misses provide valuable learning opportunities. Papers dealing with incidents, near misses, and the...
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