Process Safety Technical Areas

Introduction to Flammable Materials

AIChE Webinar
Feb 17, 2009
This webinar will provide a basic introduction to flammable materials with the purpose of providing valuable information that a practicing engineer...

CEP: Commentary - Working Together to Put CFATS Back on Track

November
2012
Commentary
Bill Allmond
More than five years ago, Congress enacted the most robust and comprehensive chemical security regulatory program to date. The regulation — the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) — protects facilities against attack without impairing...

Design an Inherently Safer Plant

January
2012
Special Section
Kristin D. Norton, P.E., Senem Surmeli, Steven T. Maher, P.E.
Continue to search for ways to build safety into your process — from conceptual through detailed design, to procurement and construction, and even into operation.

Make Your Existing Plant Inherently Safer

January
2012
Special Section
Jack Chosnek, Victor H. Edwards, P.E.
Don't overlook opportunities to build more safety into a process that is already in operation.

Flame Flashbacks: Causes and Prevention

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

Dust Explosions

AIChE 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...

Managing Dust Explosion Hazards

August
2009
Safety
Vahid Ebadat
Companies that handle powders or other particulate solids need to be aware of the potential for fire and explosions, and follow industry best practices, codes and standards to manage the risk.

Avoid Chemical Reactivity Incidents in Warehouses

February
2008
Safety
J. Wayne Chastain, William W. Doerr, Scott Berger and Peter N. Lodal, Peter Lodal, Scott Berger
Use this approach for the initial evaluation of potential reactivity hazards in storage applications.

Is Your Dust Collection System An Explosion Hazard?

October
2003
Safety
Vahid Ebadat
The prevalence of dust explosions in dust collection units may be due to the fact that the hazards posed by the powders handled are not fully understood or that explosion preventive and protective control measures are insufficient or absent. This...

Flash Fire From a Hot Combustible Liquid

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
A truck driver loading a tanker was fatally injured in a flash fire. The accident occurred at the loading rack of a petroleum refinery. The truck...

Societal Risk Criteria and Pipelines

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
The discussion of societal risk criteria for the process industry began in the 1970's, led primarily by the Dutch and British governments. Most of...

Proven in Use (What's the Quality of Your Data)

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 4, 2012
To perform LOPA's, fault tree analysis, SIL verifications and other quantitative likelihood analyses requires data. As much as everyone wants data,...

Taking a Risk for Safety

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Taking a Risk for Safety Over the last twenty years companies in the process industries have invested heavily in their occupational safety programs...

Fire From Iron

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Although the potential consequences of combustible dust explosions are becoming more widely known, the potential consequences of combustible dust...

Auto Refrigeration and Metal Embrittlement

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Abstract AIChE Housten Conference April 1-4 2012 Loss Of Containment Protection Auto Refrigeration and Metal Embrittlement Tys Koerts Sr. Process...

The CCPS Reactivity Evaluation Software Tool

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
Incidents involving uncontrolled chemical reactions continue to result in injuries, fatalities and economic loss and harm in industry. These...

Social HAZOP At Oil Refine Industry

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
Introduction Maintenance of process safety in the industry several tools are used such as Risk Analysis, Failure mode and events Analysis (FMEA), a...

Prediction of Corrosion in Pipes

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 2, 2012
ABSTRACT AIChE Spring 2012 Meeting Prediction of Corrosion in Pipes Sally Nicola, Victor Carreto, Ray A. Mentzer, M. Sam Mannan Mary Kay O'Connor...

Addressing the Hazards of Data Omission from MSDSs

April
2005
Safety
James C. Mulligan
If certain chemicals lack physical hazards data, suppliers must be proactive to keep workers safe. Here’s how to determine dust flammability and reactivity data for inclusion on MSDSs.

CEP: YPOV - Engineering Cyber Security

July
2012
YPOV
Arjun Gopalratnam
Between March and April 2010, a powerful but seemingly limited computer worm, now referred to as Stuxnet, infected computers around the world, beginning in Iran and spreading to Indonesia and India. A recently published book uncovers findings on the origin of the worm and raises concerns that are relevant to chemical engineers everywhere.

Managing Transportation Safety and Security Risks

October
2009
Safety
Brad A. Fuller
Effective transportation risk management (TRM) balances safety and security with operational efficiency. When developing a TRM program, use this comprehensive framework and these practical techniques to identify and screen risks.

Will IST Stall CFATS Reauthorization?

August
2010
News Feature
Matthew McKeon-Slattery
Debate over the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards continues to revolve around whether manufacturers and processors will be required to incorporate inherently safer technology into their security plans.

Plant Security Remains a Moving Target

May
2008
News Feature
Cynthia F. Mascone
While chemical companies work toward complying with existing standards, legislators are poised to revise those very rules — with changes ranging from minor tweaking to major overhaul on the table.

Tackling the Human Challenges of Facility Security

February
2006
Safety
Bill Effron, Dennis A. Attwood
The increased complexity of security systems may come at the expense of the user. Thus, they must be designed to match their operators' capabilities and limitations.

What Pressure Relief Really Means

September
2010
Back To Basics
Brian D. Kelly
Poor design, inadequate maintenance, and improper operation can all lead to mechanical failure. The basic concepts of pressure relief, when understood and applied properly, can help prevent this failure

Designing Resilient Engineered Systems

April
2006
Safety
Susan M. Mitchell
By viewing resiliency as a property of complex systems, it may be possible to develop resilient systems that can withstand unanticipated failures without disastrous consequences.

Addressing Combustible Dust Hazards

May
2011
Back To Basics
Judy Perry, Michelle Murphy, Molly R. Myers
Facilities that handle or generate dusts are at risk for explosions and flash fires. Follow this approach to understand and mitigate your combustible dust hazards.

Understanding Reactive Chemical Incidents

March
2004
Safety
John F.  Murphy
In order to avoid incidents involving reactive chemical hazards, it is useful to understand the types of chemicals and types of equipment involved, as well as the root causes of the incidents.
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