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Process Safety Boot Camp

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
CCPS
This intensive 4-day course is also offered periodically throughout the year to the broader chemical engineering public. Taught jointly by process...

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.

6th AIChE Southwest Process Technology Conference

October 9-10, 2014
The South Texas Section of the AIChE, in partnership with AIChE HQ, is hosting its Sixth Annual Southwest Regional Process Technology Conference at the Moody Gardens Hotel.

2014 AIChE-CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference

August 7-8, 2014

AIChE and CCPS are delighted to announce a conference that will explore upstream and midstream operations, and process safety in the Asia-Pacific region. This conference will feature joint keynotes and panels, and eight sessions.

2014 AIChE-CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference

August 7-8, 2014

CCPS and AIChE are delighted to announce a conference that will explore upstream and midstream operations, and process safety in the Asia-Pacific region. This conference will feature joint keynotes and panels, and eight sessions.

Maintain Accurate Process Safety Information

April
2014
Back To Basics
Sandipan Laskar
Accurate process safety information is the cornerstone of effective process safety management. Follow this three-phase approach to create and maintain an effective PSI program.

Foundations of Process Safety

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
CCPS
This intensive 4-day course is also offered periodically throughout the year to the broader chemical engineering public. Taught jointly by process...

Has PSI Become a Data Management Nightmare?

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

Inherently Safer Chemical Processes: A Life Cycle Approach, 2nd Edition

December, 2008
Inherently Safer Chemical Processes presents a holistic approach to making the development, manufacture, and use of chemicals safer. It discusses strategies for substituting more benign chemicals at the development stage, minimizing risk in the transportation of chemicals, using safer processing...

Dust Explosion Control

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
CSB has made recommendations that should help prevent dust explosions, and this certificate is based on these recommendations.

Process Safety Management for Bioethanol

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
Process safety management is one of the most frequently cited hazards at ethanol plants by OSHA. In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve...

Inherently Safer Design

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
This SAChE course provides information for understanding inherently safer design of chemical processes and plants.

Process Safety Boot Camp

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
CCPS
This intensive 4-day course is also offered periodically throughout the year to the broader chemical engineering public. Taught jointly by process...

Process Safety Management for Biodiesel

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
OSHA is closely monitoring the biodiesel industry. In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve your process safety management and eliminate...

Process Safety 101

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
This certificate reviews elementary concepts related to process safety including: process descriptions, Process Safety Management (PSM), mechanical...

Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
This online course offers an overview of Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) to mitigate risk in your processes.

Process Safety Lessons Taught from Experience

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
This certificate is designed to provide insight into important case histories related to process safety. By learning from the mistakes of others, the...

HAZOP Studies

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
Learn the concepts and techniques of the Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study methodology, including related matters of preparation, team meeting...

Heat Exchanger Design and Operations

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
AIChE
This course is ideal for chemical and mechanical engineers who are engaged in plant operations, technical services, and project design; or with...

Risk Assessment

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
The course material prepares students to develop the information needed in plant design in a senior-level design course (e.g., a HAZOP on a process...

Process Safety Management Overview

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
The course covers the US OSHA PSM 14 regulatory requirements as well as the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) 20 element approach to process...

Runaway Reactions

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
This SACHE Safety Certificate focuses on managing chemical reaction hazards, particularly runaway reactions.

Chemical Reactivity Hazards

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
Chemical Reactivity Hazards is a web-based SAChE module that shows how uncontrolled chemical reactions can lead to serious harm.

Take the FUN Out of Process Safety

February
2014
Safety
Peter Lodal
Process safety can be approached in many different ways. This article provides an unconventional way of looking at process safety that ties together wide-ranging ideas from seemingly disparate fields.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Are We Reliving Past Incidents?

February
2014
Process Safety Beacon
The short answer to this questions is YES. In 1993, Trevor Kletz, who passed away on Oct. 31, 2013, at the age of 91, wrote a book titled Lessons from Disaster: How Organizations Have No Memory and Accidents Recur. Twenty years later, we still fail to learn from accidents, and we repeat them.

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Discover Your Personal Process Safety Culture

February
2014
Spotlight on Safety
John Herber
Culture can be defined as a collective group of shared beliefs and values that shape how we act. We think of culture as it relates to the actions and reactions of a group, company, or society. However, it can also characterize an individual — what influences how you make day-to-day decisions or handle various situations. Personal process safety culture can be assessed by observing someone’s (yours or another person’s) response to situations involving a safety violation.

Advances in Layer of Protection Analysis

AIChE 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...

Introduction to Pressure Relief Systems

Sponsored Webinar
Jan 8, 2014
Pressure relieving systems are an integral part of any process facility, from offshore production platforms to petrochemical complexes, and usually...

Advanced Concepts for Process Hazard Analysis

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
CCPS
This advanced course expands the knowledge & application of process hazard analysis beyond those presented in CH157 to show how order-of-...

Protect Your Process with the Proper Flame Arresters

December
2013
Safety
Michael Davies, Thomas Heidermann
A flame arrester may be installed to keep an external flame out of a tank or vessel or to ensure that a flame burning within a pipeline does not propagate to other equipment. Use the information presented here to determine what type of device is appropriate for your application.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Hazards of Strong Oxidizers

December
2013
Process Safety Beacon
A worker was asked to move two open-top 5-gal pails containing aqueous sodium permanganate solution from one location to another. When he picked up the pails, the contents of one of them erupted, spraying him with the solution. Sodium permanganate is a strong oxidizer, and the splashed material set the worker’s clothing on fire. His injuries required hospital treatment.

Process Safety Basics Combo Course

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
CCPS
Take advantage of a five-day immersion into Process Safety including the OSHA Regulatory approach to Process Safety. This course is a combination of...

Process Safety for Process Engineers

Virtual Local Section Webinar
Jan 26, 2012
Process safety is the most important facet of our jobs as process engineers. Learn how CCPS can support process engineers in their quest to make...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Holiday Operations

November
2013
Process Safety Beacon
Many plants shut down or reduce operations during a holiday period. Equipment may be in a non-standard condition while processes are on hold or shut down. Even though the plant is shut down, it is likely that hazardous materials are still present in storage tanks and process vessels. Equipment that is shut down may be opened for inspection or maintenance. Some plants continue to operate during a holiday but with reduced staff, delaying less-critical activities.

Incident Investigation

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
CCPS
Incidents are minor occurrences and are often the result of a single failure or defect. Join Incident Investigation expert Brian Kelly for an in-...

Combustible Dust Hazards: Dust Explosions

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
AIChE
This course covers the knowledge and tools necessary to examine your workplace for the hazards, assess protection needs, and to respond efficiently...

Sizing Pressure-Relief Devices

October
2013
Back To Basics
Daniel Crowl, Scott A. Tipler
Although relief devices may never be activated, they must be designed and sized to function correctly every time they are necessary. This article provides an introduction to sizing pressure-relief devices for liquid and vapor service.

A Root-Cause Approach to PSM Audits

October
2013
Safety
David Heller, David Kahn
Tracing audit findings back to the management system that allowed the failure to occur is an effective way to uncover deficiencies in an organization’s process safety management system. Follow the guidance provided in this article to apply root-cause-based auditing to your facility.

SAChE Certificate Program

eLearning (online) Course
CCPS
The SAChE Certificate Program offers working engineers an easy way to access a selection of knowledge about chemical process safety. Originally...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas

October
2013
Process Safety Beacon
One hundred years ago, on Oct. 14, 1913, the Senghenydd Colliery in Glamorgan, South Wales, exploded, resulting in 439 fatalities. This was the worst coal mine disaster in the history of the U.K. The incident is believed to have been started by...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Air Power

September
2013
Process Safety Beacon
Air is always all around us, and the oxygen it contains is necessary for life. But, compressed air (or any other compressed gas) contains a lot of energy and can cause major damage if a vessel or pipe fails.

Preventing Process Safety Problems of Tomorrow, Today!

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
The most cost effective time for implementing process safety design elements is during the planning stages of the project management process. Gap:...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Can a Water Pump Explode?

August
2013
Process Safety Beacon
The answer must be yes, or we would not have a Beacon on this subject. The centrifugal pumps in the pictures are all water pumps that exploded. The explosions did not occur because of any contamination or chemical reaction with something that was...

Use Hydrogen Safely

July
2013
Safety
David Farese, Svetlana Ivanova
Understand the potential dangers associated with handling and storing hydrogen, and take the appropriate precautions to mitigate the risks.

Characterize Reactive Chemicals with Calorimetry

July
2013
Safety
Daniel Crowl, Jason Keith
In designing and operating chemical manufacturing processes, the reactivity of chemicals must be identified to avoid hazards. Calorimetry experiments combined with analytical methods provide a straightforward technique to identify these reactions...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Remembering Piper Alpha

July
2013
Process Safety Beacon
This month marks the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha offshore oil platform disaster in the North Sea approximately 110 miles (180 km) from Aberdeen, Scotland. On July 6, 1988, a series of catastrophic explosions and fires destroyed the platform...

Tutorial on Combustible Dust

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Recent catastrophic dust explosions, the combustible dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), and OSHA proposed rulemaking, have increased awareness of...

Guidelines for Engineering Design for Process Safety, 2nd Edition

April, 2012
The book focuses on process safety issues in the design of chemical, petrochemical, and hydrocarbon processing facilities. It discusses how to select designs that can prevent or mitigate the release of flammable or toxic materials, which could lead to a fire, explosion, or environmental damage.

Guidelines for Process Safety in Bioprocess Manufacturing Facilities

November, 2010
This book helps advance process safety in a key area of interest. Currently, no literature exists which is solely dedicated to process safety for the bioprocessing industry. There are texts, guidelines, and standards on biosafety at the laboratory level and for industrial hygiene, but no guidelines...
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