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.

What to Do When Nothing Has Happened?

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:00pm
Often during a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) or a Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) study, historical information indicates no occurrences of a...

An Update on OSHA's PSM National Emphasis Programs

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:00pm
Since 2007, OSHA has initiated two major National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) in process safety. The Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management NEP (...

Good Engineering Practices - Inspection and Test Frequencies

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:00pm
The "Process Safety Management" standard of the Occupational Safety and Health Act [OSHA] requires that "The frequency of inspections and tests of...

PSM Metrics Impact on Process Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 8:00pm
Several years ago our facility recognized the need to expand from a PSM Program managed by a small group to a PSM Culture owned by the full facility...

Ignition of Dust Layers by Mechanical Sparks

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
Dust explosions represent a considerable safety risk in process industry. Statistical records of dust explosions show that 32.7 % of these explosions...

Implementation of PSM In Capital Projects

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
It is critical to embed Process Safety Management in the capital project system to help achieve a safe start-up. This is the foundation for assuring...

LOPA – Validating Human IPLs and Ies

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a simplified risk assessment method that provides an order of magnitude estimate of the risk of a potential...

A Key Factor In Hazardous Processes: Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
The significance of Safety Culture is becoming increasingly recognized as a key factor to achieve the safe operation of hazardous processes. This...

Inherent Safety In Front End Engineering

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
The best time to apply the principles of inherent safety is during the early stages of a design. In particular it is at the early stages that the ?...

A Work Process for Revalidating LOPAs and Other Risk Analyses

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
The Chemical Process Industry (CPI) has long recognized the necessity of periodically revalidating Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), such as Hazard and...

Management of Change (MOC) Basics for Plant Engineers

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
The essentials of Management of Change (MOC) for plant engineers will be presented. The meaning of MOC will be explained and its central role in safe...

Systematic Workforce Involvement In Process Safety

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
Workforce involvement is an essential element of effective process safety management. This paper will describe proven methods of workforce...

Portfolio Risk Management for Process Safety

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
A majority of PSM tools and risk methodologies are focused on risks at individual sites or process units. For example, PHA risk ranking matrices are...

Making Existing Process Plants Inherently Safer

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
Making process plants inherently safer has obvious advantages and is easiest to do when designing a new plant. Modification of existing plants to...

Specifying Reliability Performance to Meet PSM Expectations

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and Mechanical Integrity (MI) programs are two of the fourteen elements that the Process Safety Management (PSM)...

Incident Investigation- Addressing Common Oversights

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 8:00pm
Principles of incident investigation may be used in daily process troubleshooting and near miss events to identify root cause. Identifying and...

Process Safety Performance Tool

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm
The process safety management in a petrochemical company is a key factor for sustainability, since intends to prevent or minimize the consequences of...

Using LOPA for Sil Assignment: A Tale of Two Plants

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm
Two plants operated by the same company have ?identical? ammonium nitrate (AN) solution pump installations. Yet the LOPA teams concluded that the...

Human Performance Training

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm
Operator competency has been a major challenge for the petrochemical and refining industry for decades. In recent times, human factors are believed...

Quantitative Models for Assessing MOC Performance

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm
The safety community, bolstered by the PSM regulations, has emphasized the importance of proper management of change to ensure safe, reliable and...

PSM Auditing Dilemmas

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm
In most PSM audits, the audit team will face one or more situations that represent a dilemma. These dilemmas usually require the individual auditor...

The UK Experience In Managing Risks Arising From Human Error

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm
Following the Piper Alpha incident in the North Sea, both offshore and onshore Oil and Gas operators in the UK were required under the COMAH (Control...

Management of Change (MOC) Auditing System

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 8:00pm
Our company has discovered that regular auditing of the MOC process is essential to enforcing its proper use. We have developed an audit that can be...

Explosion at T2 Laboratories

Archived Webinar
Sep 22, 2010
This webinar discusses the CSB investigation and findings related to the explosion and chemical fire at T2 Laboratories, Inc. in December 2007.

Flame Flashbacks: Causes and Prevention

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

Complying with OSHA's RNEP, CNEP, and VPP RAGAGEP

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:00pm
The OSHA Refinery National Emphasis Program (NEP) and OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) PSM Supplement ask specific questions relative to many...

Objective Analysis of PSM Audit Data

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:00pm
In developing systems for Process Safety Management, compliance audits are integral with verification that practices and procedures are developed and...

A Framework for Human Error Analysis of Emergency Situations

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:00pm
Human factors play an important role in the escape, evacuation and rescue process. Human factors analysis is rooted in the concept that the frequency...

Elements of Human Factors Missing from Process Safety

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:00pm
Process safety is about controlling risk of failures and errors; controlling risk is primarily about reducing the risk of human error. All elements...

Challenges in Hosting an NEP Inspection

Conference Presentation
Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 8:00pm
An NEP inspection can be very resource intensive; OSHA has received over well over 10,000 pages of documentation at one refinery during an NEP...
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