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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 jointly by process safety veterans with decades of experience at major companies from the process industries.

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.

January 2015 CEP Preview

Special Section: Sustainability Sustainability Trends in the Chemical Industry The AIChE Sustainability Index provides benchmarks of a company’s performance on a variety of...
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What Is the Goal?

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...
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Interview with ExxonMobil's Michael Dolan

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...
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System Attacks - Turning SCADA into NADA

Intelligence reports show that a rising number of cyber attacks have targeted energy infrastructure around the world, accounting for 40% of all the incidents.
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Spring Meeting YP Programming: Preview

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...
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Ethics and the Chemical Engineer

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What do future chemical engineering leaders know about ethics? Ethics and safety have become a major part of the chemical engineering profession. AIChE's 2013 Gala in November...
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Process Development Symposium

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...
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February 2014 CEP Preview

This month CEP looks at controlling boiler emissions, reviews distillation revamp pitfalls to avoid, and presents an unconventional approach to process safety.
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Thomas Braun Talks about DrumQuik Pro

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...
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Middle East Process Engineering Conference 2013

“Overcoming Future Challenges through Engineering Excellence” will be the theme of the 2nd Middle East Process Engineering Conference (MEPEC 2013), Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2013 at the...
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[Presentation] Dust Explosions

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...
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What Grandfather Clause Never Told Me

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...
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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-...
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The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

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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LP2013

CCPS and DECHEMA are co-sponsoring this conference in the field of process safety.
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Playing with Fire in Outer Space

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

November
2014
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

August
2014
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

August
2014
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.
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