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.

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...

Advances in Automation: Wireless the Enabler

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Older refineries and petrochemical facilities were built with the minimum amount of instrumentation, only that which was necessary to safely operate...

Lambda Tuning Methodology for Level and Other Integrating Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Tuning PID controllers for integrating processes, such as levels, can be frustrating and counterintuitive. For example, reducing the controller...

Moving Forward as On-Line Analyzers Improve

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Online analyzers and sensors offer significant improvements to processes. They greatly enhance process control helping to insure consistent product...

Developments in EPA's Ethylene Standard

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
It has been more than 10 years since the finalization of EPA’s Ethylene Production rules that regulate hazardous air pollutants at ethylene...

Turbine Oil Varnish Development in Rotating Equipment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
This document describes the potential problems, mitigation measures, maintenance, oil health, and the state-of-the-art technological aspects of...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...
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