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Process Safety Boot Camp

Public (classroom) Course
Offered in North America, this intensive and highly interactive 4-day course trains chemical engineers in the fundamentals of Process Safety. Taught...

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)

CCPS was established in 1985 to focus on engineering and management practices that can prevent and mitigate catastrophic accidents involving release of hazardous materials. CCPS is supported by sponsors in the chemical and hydrocarbon process industries and active worldwide via conferences, books, databases, education, research, and more.

Emissions Testing of Pressure Assisted Flare Burners

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:45am-10:00am
The flare system for a new US Gulf Coast propylene production unit will be a multipoint ground flare utilizing pressure assisted burners. The...

Flare Regulatory Trends and Impact on Ethylene Manufacture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 8:35am-9:00am
Global attention on improving oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, and related industrial flaring practices continues its forward advance intimately...

Cangrejera Learnings

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Process safety management systems should be in place to ensure repeatability in operations. A good system consists of higher level procedures that...

Engineering Safe Pressure Relief for Existing Flare Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 11:15am-11:45am
Designing a safe and cost-effective pressure relief system is a constant concern for Engineers working to design safe facilities. Existing flare...

A Miss, Amiss, a Near Miss

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
Working Titles: Here a Miss, There a Miss, Everywhere a Near Miss Has your Near Miss Program Gone Amiss? Amiss, A Miss, A Near Miss Catastrophic...

Statistical Review of Runaway Reaction Kinetics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
The calculated self-heating rate of vinyl acetate polymerization runaway reaction was analyzed by means of statistical tools. The data come from a...

New Building Siting Using Risk-Based Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
Growth in the energy and petrochemical sectors has seen a surge in the expansion of existing facilities (brown-fields) and construction of new...

Surviving an OSHA PSM National Emphasis Program Audit

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instituted a “National Emphasis Program” to conduct both targeted and random inspections of...

Ten Commandments of Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PROCESS SAFETY Thou shall honor thy container Thou shall always maintain a sense of vulnerability Thou shall eliminate...

A Modern Well HAZOP Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Although hazard identification and risk assessment are regarded as key factors in present Gulf of Mexico regulatory environment, practical...

Dow Learnings & Actions from the Deepwater Horizon Accident

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Dow Learnings & Actions from the Deepwater Horizon Accident The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 workers,...

Active Versus Passive Fire Protection - Getting the Balance Right

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:59am-11:21am
A key question often asked when trying to evaluate the effectiveness of a fire protection system is how to strike a balance between active and fire...

1987 Celanese Pampa Butane Vapor Cloud Explosion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
On Saturday November 14, 1987, the presenter personally witnessed a catastrophic vapor cloud explosion at the Celanese Chemicals facility in Pampa,...

Effect of Body Bowl Choking on Pressure Relief Valve Stability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
It is known that the velocity at the outlet flange of conventional PRV (Pressure Relief Valve) reaches the sonic velocity in case of larger size of...

How Does "Deviation" Become "Normal"?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
How does "deviation" become "normal"? How does deviation from established safe practices become institutionalized within an organization? Conducting...

Steam Control in Elevated Steam Assisted Flares

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:05am-10:30am
Steam assisted flares are commonly used in the petrochemical industry. Over-steaming of these flares can be a cause of incomplete combustion. But,...

Ignorance Is No Defense...Audit Management Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
What gets measured gets done. Whether it's for process safety management risk management ISO, OHSAS or equivalent, the audit element is essential to...

Industrial Partnerships and PSM Standards in Canada

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:30am-9:00am
The story of process safety management (PSM) in Canada is quite different than in other countries. The practices and guidelines have evolved through...

Process Safety Auditing: Thinking Beyond Compliance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:30am-9:00am
The PSM rule requires a ‘compliance audit’ at least every three years. This description implies that the purpose of the audit is to ensure that legal...

Alarm Management Gap Analysis and Improvement at NOVA Chemicals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:05am-8:30am
Alarm Management Gap Analysis and Improvement at NOVA Chemicals Doug Lutz , Principal Process Automation Engineer, NOVA Chemicals Corp., Joffre,...

We Learn and Share but We Don't Get Better! Time for Huaa

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
Any organisation can improve by leveraging its knowledge and lessons learned. These learnings or knowledge can be external or, in a global enterprise...

Safety Management of Petrochemical Tank Farms

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
The storage tank zone of petrochemical enterprises is an important site to store liquid raw materials, intermediate products and target products...

Incidentes Ocurridos En La Industria Del Gnl

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
En este documento se hace una recopilación de los incidentes más importantes ocurridos a lo largo de la historia de la industria de GNL, mediante la...

LOPA - More Observations from the Originators

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Layer of protection analysis (LOPA) has been around for 20 years, and in general use for 15 years, with the LOPA textbook from CCPS/AIChE being...

Experimental Study on Propane Jet Fire Hazards: Thermal Radiation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Jet fires is a of the major hazards in the oil and gas industry, and half of the reported jet fires caused domino effect to enlarge the incident. The...

Evolution of Relief Sizing at an Operating Company

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Codes, Standards, and Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices regarding the engineering design of pressure relief systems have...

Risk Assessment for a Gas and Liquid Hydrogen Fueling Station

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have been developed for years to cut dependence on fossil fuel and significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions toward a...

Demonstrating Separation and Independence of Automated Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) exposes the role that automation plays in causing initiating events and in responding to the resulting abnormal...

Impacts of Process Safety Time on Layer of Protection Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
The ability of an Independent Protection Layer (IPL) to achieve a given level of risk reduction is dependent upon its fulfillment of several core...

Gas Monetization and Risk Monetization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Gas Monetization and Risk Monetization Dennis Butts, Partner, Environmental Resources Management Stephen Shaw, Managing Partner, Environmental...

Overfilling Protection for Weak Tanks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Low pressure tanks, designed to API-650 & API-620 code of construction may be subject to the overfilling scenario. Existing codes such as API-...

Mitigation Effect of High Expansion Foam on LNG Vapor Hazard

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The growing production and consumption of natural gas due to the advancement of technology, e.g., hydraulic fracturing, has accelerated the inter-...

Can I Use My Cooling Water Header As a Relief Device?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:30am-12:00pm
According to current industry practice, a heat exchanger tube rupture scenario is considered when the design pressure or maximum possible system...

Challenge of Mitsubishi Chemical's Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:30am-12:00pm
Mitsubishi Chemical has been working to improve process safety by implementing safety review (SR) activities.The aim of the SR activity is to improve...

On the Use of Laminar Burning Velocities in Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:30am-12:00pm
This study explores the role of the premixed laminar burning velocity as a global parameter to evaluate the explosion hazard of flammable gases and...

Dust Explosions

Archived 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...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Know When to Leave

July
2015
Process Safety Beacon
You cannot know when an unexpected reaction in a vessel might develop enough pressure to cause the vessel to rupture. All a large release of a flammable vapor needs in order to burn or explode is an ignition source. Never put yourself in danger by remaining in the area if this happens in your plant. Know your facility’s emergency plans, participate in drills, and know when to evacuate or shelter in a safe place.
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