Operational Readiness

Ensuring the safe startup of processes over the life of a facility is one of nine elements in the RBPS pillar of managing risk.  This chapter describes the management practices for performing pre-startup reviews of (1) new processes, (2) processes that have been shut down for modification, and (3) processes that have been administratively shut down for other reasons. Introduction on Opertional Readiness.

For more in-depth information regarding managing risk, read CCPS' Guidelines concept books.

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...

Walk the Line

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Walk the Line Jerry Forest Global Process Safety Manager Celanese 225 E. John Carpenter Freeway Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75234 (214) 417-1920 Jerry...

Risk Adverse or Risk Ad Nauseam

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
The use of risk management techniques and tools has become more common place in the past few decades, but have we really learned how to use them...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Lightning Warning Techniques for Risk Mitigation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Lightning can pose a threat to numerous processes associated with the production and handling of energetic materials and materials that may produce...

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

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 (...

C2 Splitter Retray and Control Improvement

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
As part of an ethylene production expansion project, C2 splitter trays were restructured in the plant’s turnaround in 2012. This change made a...

Chemical Explosion Isolation For Small Contained Vessels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Particle size reduction equipment are used in many branches of the process industries, such as food, chemical, pharmaceutical and energy. According...

Inventory and Fate of Chemical Additives to Improve Plant Reliability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:15pm-4:45pm
Chemical additives provide strong benefits to plant operations including the reduction of process upsets resulting from foaming, fouling, emulsions,...

Infiltration Hazards for Building Siting Studies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
While facility siting studies have been a requirement for many years, specifically for facilities that must comply with OSHA’s PSM program, only...

Simplified Methods Of Using Probit Analysis In Consequence Modeling

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
The probit function provides a link between probability of expected response and the total exposure of a population to a specific event. In the case...

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...

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...

MAPD Stability and Management in Ethylene Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:30am-8:45am
Abstract MAPD Stability and Management in Ethylene Plants Accumulation of C3 (MAPD, Methyl Acetylene & Propadiene) and C4 (VA, Vinyl Acetylene)...

Barrier Diagram (bow tie) Quality Issues for Operating Managers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Barrier diagrams (bow ties) are rapidly growing in use in both the onshore and offshore process safety worlds. They are amongst the most powerful...

Using Alarms As a Layer of Protection

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 12:00am
Alarms and operator response are one of the first layers of protection in preventing a plant upset from escalating into a hazardous event. This...

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...

Explosion Hazards of Multicomponent Combustible Gas Mixtures

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 2, 2012 - 12:00am
Laminar and turbulent premixed flame burning velocities are two parameters that are sometimes needed to evaluate explosion hazards. There is ample...

Explosion Prevention and Mitigation

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 4:00am
The analysis, prevention, protection and mitigation of fire, explosion, and reactivity hazards continue to be important to the loss prevention...

Avoiding Static Ignition Hazards in Chemical Operations

September, 1999
Written by Laurence Britton, who has over 20 years' experience in the fields of static ignition and process fire and explosion hazards research, this resource addresses an area not extensively covered in process safety standards or literature: understanding and reducing potential hazards associated...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Mechanical Integrity of Tubing

May
2012
Process Safety Beacon
Proper installation, maintenance, and inspection of metal tubing is important in preventing fires and toxic material releases in process plants. Do not forget about tubing just because it is usually small. Even a small leak can cause a fire that can...

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...
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