Elements of Process Safety

The four pillars and the twenty elements of risk based process safety can be designed and implemented at varying levels of rigor to optimize process safety management, performance, efficiency, and effectiveness.

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...

PM2.5 Modeling Challenges

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:45am-11:00am
Air Dispersion Modeling is usually required to demonstrate compliance with the Ambient Air Quality Standards for PM 2.5 in support of an air permit...

PSM Elements: citations, practices & metrics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 10:30am-12:30pm
PSM Introduction 'Master Class' with two invited speakers Copyright © American Institute of Chemical Engineers. All rights reserved.

Retrofitting Burner Management Systems At Existing Furnaces

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Retrofitting Burner Management Systems at Existing Furnaces This paper presents a pragmatic approach for how to retrofit and safely operate the...

Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 3:00pm-3:15pm
Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada The focus of this paper will be on the cracking heaters at the NOVA Chemicals Corunna site,...

Calcium Stearate Deflagrations A Series of Unfortunate Events

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
A series of deflagrations occurred in a plant unloading Calcium Stearate from bulk bags. Each one had a different root cause and illustrates the...

Lessons Learned From Fire in Air Supply Ducts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
ABSTRACT Submitted for consideration to the 47 th LPS on Oct 31, 2012 Title: Lessons Learned from Fire in Air Supply Ducts Primary author: Al Waller...

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...

Effect of Flammable Cloud Treatment On Predicted Blast Loads

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
Effect of Flammable Cloud Treatment on Predicted Blast Loads J. Kelly Thomas and Jihui Geng Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants 3330 Oakwell Court...

Blacks Swans, White Swans and Fifty Shades of Grey

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
Last year at the Global Congress for Process Safety we presented a paper entitled, “Beware of the Black Swan: The Limitations of Risk Analysis for...

QRA Method for Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Filling Stations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
Summary This paper describes a method to calculate risks generated by liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations for road trucks. An increasing...

Sound Alarm Management Improves Safety and Profitability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 9:45am-10:15am
At the core of ethylene manufacturing, plant operators play a critical role in maintaining safe, sustainable and profitable production. For nearly...

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...

PSM Challenge for Unregulated Upstream Facilities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:00am-8:30am
Upstream oil and gas facilities are typically exempt from the OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) standard; however, in light of recent regulatory...

Snares to LOPA Action Items

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 8:00am-8:30am
Snares to LOPA Action Items Glenn Rozmus, Dustin J. Smith, Dick A. Baum Greater numbers of action items are being generated from the LOPA process as...

Increasing the Agility of Process Safety Management Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The Process Industry is constantly adapting to change. High prices of raw materials, new materials for construction, and advances in technology...

Quality Assurance and Quality Control of Pressure Relief Studies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
This work describes the Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Control (QC) process for pressure relief studies. Definitions are given for the...

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...

Flammable Vapor Explosion At Dupont Yerkes Facility

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
This case study examines a November 9, 2010, explosion at an E.I. duPont de Nemours and Co. Inc., Yerkes chemical plant in Buffalo, New York when a...

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...

Promoting Commitment to Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Successful implementation of process safety management (PSM) typically requires the use of a combination of physical and procedural safeguards...

Process Safety Management Mentoring: Developing Leaders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Process Safety Management Mentoring: Developing Leaders The first pillar of Risk Based Process Safety Management is "Commitment to Process Safety." A...

Using Assessments to Improve Process Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
It is generally accepted that companies managing highly hazardous chemicals require a strong process safety culture and process safety management...

A Systematic Approach to Relief System Evaluation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Managing the lifecycle of relief and flare systems data is complex and fraught with challenges and risks, whether the work is performed internally or...

Process Safety As a Career Foundation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:15am-11:45am
The foundation of one’s profession can have an exponential effect on the lifelong development of their careers. There may be no stronger launching...

Operational Discipline assessment during PSM audits Experience of RIL

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:45am-11:15am
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)'s Process Safety Management (PSM) audit programme is a critical component of its HSE governance process, which has...

Take the Guess Work Out of Testing Your Safety Instrumented System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
Key Words Process Safety, IEC 61508, Programmable Electronic Systems, Architectural constrains, Periodic Automatic and Manual Testing, Safety...

Beyond the 2 Million Safe Hours

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 10:15am-10:45am
ABSTRACT In September 2012, WorleyParsons Arctic Business Unit, part of WorleyParsons Western Operations in Southern California, celebrated...

Corrosion At Pipe Supports: Causes and Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 9:45am-10:15am
Localized corrosion attack at pipe support areas is a major problem for integrity managers. Offshore, marine and coastal operators, without exception...

Worker Behavior Changing by Dynamic Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 9:00am-9:30am
INTRODUCTION The chemical industries need appropriated project of process to control safety and production avoiding accidents and environmental...

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...

Ragagep 101

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 8:00am-8:30am
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEPs) play an important role in US-OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard (29...

Application of Lagging Indicators in Japan

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Application of lagging indicator in Japan Japan Petrochemical Industry Association is a group composed by the petrochemical manufacturers established...

Using Metrics to Drive Process Safety Performance At Maersk Fpsos

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Maersk FPSOs operates five offshore assets, including floating oil production and storage ships, in locations ranging from the North Sea to the South...

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...

Process Safety Management Framework in Japan

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
In recent years, accidents of chemical plants are occurring frequently in Japan. One of the reasons is that many Japanese companies do not have a...

Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76 Double mechanical seals with a pressure alarm in the containment chamber are commonly used in LPG and other...

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...

Importance of Field Testing Liquid Distributors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Spray nozzles & gravity distributors are primarily used in different Oil refinery facilities (columns, scrubbers, etc.). Installers and...
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