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.

Has PSI Become a Data Management Nightmare?

Archived Webinar
Mar 26, 2014
This webinar addresses the importance of Process Safety Information (PSI) and PSI management, the potential limitations associated with PSI...

Advances in Layer of Protection Analysis

Archived Webinar
Jan 29, 2014
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) has become possibly the most commonly used quantitative risk methodology in the chemical industry. This webinar...

Project Execution Using the Stage Gate Process

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 1:00pm-3:30pm
In recent years more and more projects are being executed effectively using the “Stage Gate” process. This presentation provides an overview of the...

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:30am-11:30am
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

The Uniqueness and Challenges of Technology Based Businesses

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:30am-11:30am
A Technology Based Business (TBB) is defined as a commercial entity that utilizes intellectual assets (e.g. patents, know-how, trade secrets, etc.)...

Risk Assessment Challenges 20:20

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 1:30pm-4:30pm
A wide variety of hazard identification and risk assessment techniques are available. All techniques require knowledge in the fundamentals of the...

CSB Investigation of Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
On August 6, 2012 a hydrocarbon fire occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the crude unit of the Chevron Richmond Refinery in Richmond, California...

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...

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...

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,...

Furnace Burner Management Practices within U.S. Ethylene Producers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Furnace Burner Management Practices within U.S. Ethylene Producers A summary of the current working practices and approaches to hazardous event...

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...

Process Safety in Power Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 10:45am-11:15am
Process Safety is a very common and used topic in the chemical industry. According to CCPS, an incident is reported as a process safety incident if...

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,...

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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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-...
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