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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...

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.

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...

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...

Process Safety Beacon: Understand Chemical Compatibility

July
2016
Process Safety Beacon
Chemical compatibility charts can be used to determine the chemical reactivity of thousands of common hazardous chemicals, the compatibility of absorbents, and the suitability of materials of construction in chemical processes.

Predict Incidents with Process Safety Performance Indicators

February
2016
Safety
Wahid Azizi
Become a seer of process safety incidents with carefully chosen process safety performance indicators (PSPIs). A PSPI program developed using the barrier-based or tier-based approach will serve as your crystal ball.

Selecting Sensors for Safety Instrumented Systems

July
2015
Back To Basics
Jessica Lo, Erik Mathiason, 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.

Avoid Pressure-Relief System Pitfalls

July
2016
Back To Basics
Justin Phillips
Before you begin pressure-relief system design, watch out for these common mistakes in identifying overpressure scenarios, performing sizing calculations, and installing the system in the field.

Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs in the Process Industries

November, 2011
This book provides guidance on characterizing, recognizing, and responding to warning signs to help avoid process incidents and injuries before they occur. The guidance can be used by both process safety management (PSM) professionals in evaluating their processes and PSM systems as well as for...

Spotlight on Safety: Prepare to be Safe at a First Job or Internship

May
2016
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
If you are a new graduate starting your first job or a student beginning a summer internship at a chemical plant, laboratory, or manufacturing facility, this might be your first time working in the presence of heavy machinery and chemicals. Although...

Process Safety Beacon: Prevent Repeat Incidents

May
2016
Process Safety Beacon
On Jan. 29, 2016, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issued a report and video animation of an April 17, 2013, explosion in an agricultural chemical storage facility in West, TX. The explosion caused 15 fatalities, more...

Process Safety Beacon: Plugged Flame Arrester Causes Explosion

April
2016
Process Safety Beacon
In Safety Alert No. 290 (Oct. 2010), the U.S. Dept. of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) explains an incident in which an explosion ruptured two oil tanks on an offshore platform. The explosion caused about $500,000 worth of damage and approximately 1,200 gal (4.5 m3) of oil to spill into the sea.

Cold Flow Study of a Segregated Zoning Burner

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
There are large deposits of oil shale and inaccessible coal in the US and around the world. Shale oil extraction is usually performed by ex-situ...

Alternative Sampling Densities in Non-Uniform Sampling

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 3:15pm-5:45pm
Non-uniform sampling (NUS) is more widely practiced, but many implementations either do not weight the distribution of samples, or follow exponential...

Photocatalytic Methanol Reforming on TiO2

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
Hydrogen gas has great potential for use in transportation fuels and industrial applications, but as it is currently produced commercially from steam...

Room Temperature Shape Memory Polymers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2015 - 8:30am-11:00am
Temperature controlled shape memory polymers can be synthesized via a facile method using long chain fatty acid and cross-linked natural rubber. For...

The Dow Chemical Story

Archived Webinar
Jun 25, 2015
Dow Chemical was founded in 1897 by Herbert Henry Dow. Learn about the history of this chemical giant as it grows and merges into the top company it...

Flare Regulatory Trends and Impact on Ethylene Manufacture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 8:30am-9:00am
Global attention on improving oil and gas, refinery, petrochemical, and related industrial flaring practices continues its forward advance intimately...

Statistical Review of Runaway Reaction Kinetics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
The calculated self-heating rate of vinyl acetate polymerization runaway reaction was analyzed by means of statistical tools. The data come from a...

Chemical Incompatibility Matrices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
Chemical Incompatibility Matrices Michelle R. Murphy and Surendra K. Singh ioKinetic, LLC 95 Stiles Road, Salem, New Hampshire 03079, USA murphy@...

New Building Siting Using Risk-Based Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
Growth in the energy and petrochemical sectors has seen a surge in the expansion of existing facilities (brown-fields) and construction of new...

Modification of the DIERS Fire Exposure Test Methodology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
There is a need to be able to obtain proper runaway data for reactions where fire exposure is a credible scenario. Where the engineering design has...

Surviving an OSHA PSM National Emphasis Program Audit

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) instituted a “National Emphasis Program” to conduct both targeted and random inspections of...

Human Factors Considerations: Midstream Process Safety Integration

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Midstream oil and gas companies are coming into their own. For example, according to Deloitte (2014), “Midstream energy companies’ share of overall...

Robotic Convection Bank Cleaning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:45pm-3:15pm
Ethylene cracking heaters like other box fired heaters in the refining and petrochemical industry represent a significant investment in a plant...

Developing Credible Scenarios for a PHA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
OSHA’s Compliance Guidelines and Recommendations for the PSM Standard states “A PHA is an organized and systematic effort to identify and analyze the...

Toxicity-Hazard Index and the "Infinite Point"

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:15am-11:45am
TOXICITY-HAZARD INDEX AND THE “INFINITE POINT” Richard W. Prugh, Principal Process Safety Engineer Chilworth Technology, Inc., a Dekra Company 113...

How Does "Deviation" Become "Normal"?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:15am-10:45am
How does "deviation" become "normal"? How does deviation from established safe practices become institutionalized within an organization? Conducting...

Alarm Management Gap Analysis and Improvement at NOVA Chemicals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
Alarm Management Gap Analysis and Improvement at NOVA Chemicals Doug Lutz , Principal Process Automation Engineer, NOVA Chemicals Corp., Joffre,...

Evolution of Relief Sizing at an Operating Company

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Codes, Standards, and Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices regarding the engineering design of pressure relief systems have...

Incidentes Ocurridos En La Industria Del Gnl

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
En este documento se hace una recopilación de los incidentes más importantes ocurridos a lo largo de la historia de la industria de GNL, mediante la...

Demonstrating Separation and Independence of Automated Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) exposes the role that automation plays in causing initiating events and in responding to the resulting abnormal...

Gas Monetization and Risk Monetization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Gas Monetization and Risk Monetization Dennis Butts, Partner, Environmental Resources Management Stephen Shaw, Managing Partner, Environmental...

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...

Fire Safety with High Energy Density Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
As high energy density battery technology develops to meet the rapidly increasing demands of consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and grid level...
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