Process Safety


Process Safety Boot Camp

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
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.

Process Development Symposium

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Are you up on the latest in product and process development? Join us to broaden your knowledge and to discuss technical issues such as scale-up problems as well as non-technical...

February 2014 CEP Preview

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This month CEP looks at controlling boiler emissions, reviews distillation revamp pitfalls to avoid, and presents an unconventional approach to process safety.

Thomas Braun Talks about DrumQuik Pro

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At the 2011 AIChE Spring Meeting and the Global Congress on Process Safety, Thomas Braun of Colder Products talks about their DrumQuik Pro product. Watch him explain how it works...

[Presentation] Dust Explosions

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Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to these incidents and subsequent...

What Grandfather Clause Never Told Me

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So how exactly does one appropriately invoke the Grandfather Clause? It's an option that's easily abused—and sometimes severely so. Read more about what it's purpose is, how...

January 2013 CEP Preview

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This month, CEP takes a close look at loop tuning, with a look at guidelines and strategies. You'll also have a chance to learn more about improving process hazard analysis (full-...

The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

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Kevin Watson, team lead, OE Support for Capital Projects at Chevron, exchanges thoughts and mentoring experiences with recent hire and facilities engineer Amy Bordonaro.


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CCPS and DECHEMA are co-sponsoring this conference in the field of process safety.

Playing with Fire in Outer Space

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Scientists aboard the International Space Station are playing with fire, literally. As part of the Flame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX), scientists are studying how flames react...

The Principle of Fail-Safe

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Recently, I had the occasion to ponder the principle of fail-safe while whirling around at breakneck speeds 20 feet off the ground. Since nothing works perfectly forever—including...

Interview with Luke Kissam of Albemarle

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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."

What Is the Goal?

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When is the last time you read a novel that offered insights you could apply on the job as a process engineer? Check out the classic The Goal for a must-read drama that takes...

Interview with ExxonMobil's Michael Dolan

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ChEnected sat down with Michael Dolan, senior vice president of ExxonMobil following his keynote address in Houston. Hear his thoughts on process safety as it relates to chemical...

Spring Meeting YP Programming: Preview

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Young Professionals have a lot to look forward to at the 2012 Spring Meeting in Houston. Whether you are interested in technical topics or professional development, there will be...

2014 AIChE CCPS Asia-Pacific Conference

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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.

CCPS Middle East Process Safety Conference

May 19-21, 2015

Organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), MEPSC is the definitive Middle East conference for stakeholders in the process industries who are committed to process safety as a strategic priority and core value in all their op

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Personal Growth and Lessons Learned from Two Global Tragedies

Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
The 30-year anniversaries of two events of significance to the chemical engineering profession, particularly the process safety community, occur in November and December — the PEMEX disaster outside of Mexico City, Mexico, and the Union Carbide Corp. tragedy in Bhopal, India. These two incidents, two-and-a-half weeks apart, molded my professional career and ultimately motivated me to work for the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) at AIChE, where our mission is to prevent such tragedies from occurring.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Ignition Sources

Process Safety Beacon
The best way to prevent fires and flammable vapor explosions, either inside or outside process piping and equipment, is to avoid creating a flammable mixture. However, we must also recognize that our equipment and operating procedures can fail and a...

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Be Prepared, Be Safe, and Have Fun

Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
One of my favorite warm weather activities is kayaking. The river provides a respite away from crowds and electronic distractions. Daily stressors are erased by the warm sun, a light breeze, and the sound of water lapping at my boat. A recent weekend with great weather afforded the perfect opportunity to go out on the river with my husband. Earlier that week, severe storms blew through the area with significant rainfall and flash flooding. This increased the volume of water in the river, so conditions would be perfect for a fast and exciting ride. It also called for a more-mindful approach to safety hazards, like swift currents and debris in the water.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Persistence – Good or Bad?

Process Safety Beacon
Some process safety incidents have occurred because operating personnel failed to recognize that a process was not responding as expected. They attempted to keep a process in operation by deviating from standard procedures, or put themselves in danger by attempting to correct an out-of-control process condition rather than evacuating.

Cybersecurity for Executives: A Practical Guide

June, 2014
This essential cybersecurity text for executives in all sectors and at all levels provides practical advice that equips executives with the knowledge they need to make the right cybersecurity decisions. In plain language, you’ll learn how to recognize and act on threats to you and your business, along with how to act decisively to mitigate and recover from cyber incidents.

(Chinese) Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety

August, 2013

(Chinese) Guidelines for the Management of Change for Process Safety

January, 2013

(Chinese) Layer of Protection Analysis: Simplified Process Risk Assessment

May, 2010

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Major Spills and Environmental Incidents

Process Safety Beacon
We may think of process safety incidents as fires, explosions, and immediate injuries from exposure to toxic, corrosive, or otherwise hazardous materials. However, major spills of hazardous materials, especially into rivers or other bodies of water, are also process safety incidents. They have the potential to impact large numbers of people, including people far away from your plant.

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Normalization of Deviation — Identify It, Correct It, Prevent It

Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
Whether we are talking about occupational safety or process safety, normalizing a deviation can result in unsafe practices, conditions, and operations. Getting comfortable with and accepting these deviations can cause a shift in our perception of what is safe. Why does this matter? Moving the target for safe operating limits and tolerating the higher risk s associated with doing so can ultimately lead to a catastrophic incident.
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