Process Safety


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.

2015 Global Summit on Process Safety

November 3-5, 2015
The 1st Global Summit on Process Safety held in Mumbai on December 2014 was a great success. The theme of the conference is based on Vision 2020, developed by the Center for Chemical Process Safety and is supported by the Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).

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...

Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

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

Process Safety Management for Bioethanol

eLearning (online) Course
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...

Process Safety Lessons Taught from Experience

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

Process Safety Management for Biodiesel

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

Risk Assessment

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

Nitrogen's Role in Safety

eLearning (online) Course
This SAChE Safety Certificate focuses on Nitrogen which is a staple of the chemical industry. Because it is an inert gas, nitrogen is suitable for a...

Runaway Reactions

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

SAChE Certificate Program

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

Chemical Reactivity Hazards

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

Dust Explosion Control

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

2013 Chem-E-Car Competition & Winners [Photos]

November 4, 2013
AIChE’s Annual Student Conference welcomed 31 teams from the United States and around the globe to compete in the Chem-E-Car Competition at the Annual Student Conference.

Basics of Laboratory Safety

eLearning (online) Course
This SAChE certificate program course provides a complete review of safety for laboratories handling hazardous chemicals.

Inherently Safer Design

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

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...

Selecting Sensors for Safety Instrumented Systems

Back To Basics
Erik Mathiason, Jessica Lo, Chad McGuire
A plant’s safety instrumented system (SIS) is critical in preventing process safety incidents. Use this guide to help choose the proper sensors for your plant’s SIS.

Process Safety 101

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

Benefits of Intelligent Drawing Practices

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 2:00pm-3:00pm
This presentation details how to identify opportunities for improved drawing practices and how these practices can shape your facility’s ability to...

Optimizing LOPA

Archived Webinar
May 6, 2015
This presentation is an overview of the LOPA process. How/why it is used instead of, or in addition to HAZOPs and What-Ifs to identify hazardous...

Foundations of Process Safety

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

Overview of Risk Based Process Safety

Public (classroom) Course
This course will introduce you to CCPS’ Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) approach, including the four pillars and twenty elements that define the...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Mechanical Integrity

Process Safety Beacon
An effective MOC system is vital to the success of any piping integrity management program. Your plant inspection group can anticipate changes in corrosion or other deterioration and change inspection schedules and procedures appropriately. Make sure your inspection group is involved in the approval process for changes that may affect the integrity of piping or other equipment.

Interview with Astronaut & ChemE Al Sacco

May 8, 2015
AIChE member, astronaut, and Dean of Engineering at Texas Tech University Al Sacco touches on some of the subjects of his talk at the Spring Meeting and also shares career tips...

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Verify, then Act

Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
Verify-then-act is a practice and mindset that all engineers and personnel in the chemical process industries (CPI) should adopt. Mixing the wrong chemicals, setting temperatures or pressures outside of safe operating limits, or performing a step out of sequence can result in a range of consequences, from a bad batch or loss of production to a catastrophic incident. However, simply verifying before acting can reduce the risk of these penalties and save time, money, and lives.

Deb Grubbe on Big Data in Chemical Engineering

May 14, 2015
Chemical engineer Deb Grubbe had an opportunity to sit down with CEP senior editor Michelle Bryner to talk about about how big data could be used to improve safety in the chemical...

Fundamentals of Fire and Fire Control

Archived Webinar
Sep 16, 2009
This webinar features a live question and answer session with Dr. J. Reed Welker, one of the world’s most respected experts in fire and fire control.

Introduction to Flammable Materials

Archived 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...

Recommended Industry Process Safety Metrics

Archived Webinar
Feb 13, 2008
The BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel (“Baker Panel”) and US Chemical Safety Board each recommended improved industry-wide process...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Safe Work Practices

Process Safety Beacon
The term safe work practices refers to the processes we use to authorize nonroutine work activities, and to control the hazards and manage the risks associated with these activities. Safe work practices often authorize work through permits, which frequently include checklists of potential hazards associated with the work. A nonroutine activity has nothing to do with how often the activity is done. Instead, it refers to activities that are not part of the normal process for converting raw materials to finished product, and not covered by the plant’s standard operating procedures for normal operations.

CEP: Material Matters - Tool Helps Predict Reactivity Hazards

Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
To provide guidance and disseminate reactivity data, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in conjunction with partnering companies and technical associations, developed the Chemical Reactivity Worksheet (CRW). The free software ( ) allows CPI professionals to review the reactivity hazards of thousands of individual chemicals, as well as predict the consequence of mixing chemical substances. Since its release in March 2013, the CRW Version 3 (CRW3) has been downloaded approximately 80,000 times.

April 2015 CEP Preview

April 3, 2015
Career Catalyst Humanitarian Chemical Engineering A broader view of ethics and professional responsibility considers the engineer’s impact on humanity. Read this article now...

Pressure Relief Systems Effluent Handling

Archived Webinar
Mar 18, 2015
Collection, disposal, and treatment systems are an integral part of pressure relief systems for minimizing potential hazards posed by the effluent...

The HA-MOC Interaction - Getting the Best out of Both Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
The PHA-MOC Interaction – Getting the Best Out of Both Processes Rainer Hoff, Ph.D., P.Eng. President Gateway Consulting Group, Inc. Paul A...

2015 AIChE CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference

October 20, 2014
The CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference is a two-day comprehensive look at upstream and midstream operations and process safety in the Asia-Pacific region.

Interview with OSHA's Jordan Barab

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April 10, 2014
Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, gives an overview of Executive Order 13650, which aims to improve chemical...

March 2015 CEP Preview

March 9, 2015
This month CEP features a look at lignocellulosic biofuels, from various production processes to what's needed to scale up bioenergy operations.

2014 AIChE CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference

July 17, 2014
The 2014 AIChE CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference will take place on August 7-8, 2014 in Perth, Australia. It will be preceded by a pre-conference workshop on August 6, 2014.

AIChE Journal Articles Make Wiley's Top 20 List

March 25, 2015
Articles from the AIChE Journal, Biotechnology Progress, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, and Process Safety Progress are at the top of the list of "hottest...

2nd CCPS China Conference on Process Safety

August 15, 2014
The 2nd CCPS China Conference on Process Safety will take place on August 28-29, 2014, with a one day pre-conference process safety boot camp offered on August 27, 2014.

Interview with Luke Kissam of Albemarle

April 2, 2014
10th Global Congress on Process Safety Chair Jatin Shah sat down with Tuesday's lunch speaker Luke Kissam of Albemarle to chat about his talk entitled "Creating a Safety Culture."

Fundamentals of Process Safety

Public (classroom) Course
In this CCPS course you’ll hear from process safety expert Brian Kelly for an up-to-date look at the causes and contributors to major incidents in...

Heat Exchanger Design and Operations

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

Incident Investigation

Public (classroom) Course
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

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