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.

Developing Safety Standard for Pilot Plants

October
2006
Safety
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.

Reshaping Process Safety Regulations

March
2002
Safety
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.

Six Steps to Effectively Update and Revalidate PHAs

January
2001
Safety
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.

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

October
2012
Safety
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.

Introduction to Flammable Materials

AIChE Webinar
Feb 17, 2009
This webinar will provide a basic introduction to flammable materials with the purpose of providing valuable information that a practicing engineer...

Beware of the Black Swan

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
In 16 th century London, a statement that describes impossibility was referred to as a “black swan” because all historical records of swans up to...

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...

Make Your Existing Plant Inherently Safer

January
2012
Special Section
Jack Chosnek, Victor H. Edwards, P.E.
Don't overlook opportunities to build more safety into a process that is already in operation.

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...

Flame Flashbacks: Causes and Prevention

AIChE Webinar
Apr 7, 2010
This webinar addresses the principle of flammability of vapor/air mixtures, including flammability limits, ignition temperatures, the effect of...

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...

Managing Dust Explosion Hazards

August
2009
Safety
Vahid Ebadat
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: Process Safety Beacon - Hot Work Hazards

August
2012
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...

Flash Fire From a Hot Combustible Liquid

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
A truck driver loading a tanker was fatally injured in a flash fire. The accident occurred at the loading rack of a petroleum refinery. The truck...

Proven in Use (What's the Quality of Your Data)

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
To perform LOPA's, fault tree analysis, SIL verifications and other quantitative likelihood analyses requires data. As much as everyone wants data,...

Societal Risk Criteria and Pipelines

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The discussion of societal risk criteria for the process industry began in the 1970's, led primarily by the Dutch and British governments. Most of...

Gains From Getting near Misses Reported

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
[An earlier edition of this paper was first presented at the “International Conference and Workshop – Process Safety Incidents,” 2000, organized by...

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...

Fire From Iron

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Although the potential consequences of combustible dust explosions are becoming more widely known, the potential consequences of combustible dust...

Go out and lead on Process Safety Management

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
This paper will share the UK's experience of risk control for major hazards and will emphasise the key role corporate governance and leadership plays...

Operational Group for Process Safety

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
With the increase in requirements for monitoring and improving process safety indicators on a thermoelectric unit linked to a Braskem Basic...

Auto Refrigeration and Metal Embrittlement

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Abstract AIChE Housten Conference April 1-4 2012 Loss Of Containment Protection Auto Refrigeration and Metal Embrittlement Tys Koerts Sr. Process...

A Pre-Plan for Process Safety Management

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
This paper will present the steps a small pharmaceutical research and development company is taking to prepare for Process Safety Management (PSM)...

Taking a Risk for Safety

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Taking a Risk for Safety Over the last twenty years companies in the process industries have invested heavily in their occupational safety programs...

An Introduction to Assessing Process Hazards

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
A surprising number of process incidents occur due to a lack of general understanding of process hazards and lack of basic hazards assessment,...
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