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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.

Moving Process Safety into the Board Room

September
2015
Safety
B. Karthikeyan
Top management is often unfamiliar with the high-risk process safety decisions being made on a daily basis by plant managers. Incorporate this method into your management of change (MOC) procedure to ensure that all decisions are consistent with your organization’s risk-tolerance level.

AIChE Journal Highlight: A Sustainable Approach to Process Safety

November
2015
Journal Highlight
Process safety engineering involves the use of fundamental engineering knowledge (e.g., thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and kinetics) to develop and apply measures to prevent, mitigate, and respond to catastrophic incidents. The objective of this...

Guidelines for Defining Process Safety Competency Requirements

October, 2015
This Guideline presents the framework of process safety knowledge and expertise versus the desired competency level in a “super-matrix” format, vertically and diagonally. The matrix references for potential remedies/required training may be tailored to a company’s internally developed training,...

Process Safety Beacon: Water, Water Everywhere...

October
2015
Process Safety Beacon
Water can be found throughout most chemical processing facilities — whether it is being used to clean buildings and equipment or as a lubricant, seal flush, or process solvent. Water also serves as a common heat-transfer fluid, suitable as cooling...

September 2015 CEP Preview

September 8, 2015
HEAT TRANSFER Cool Down with Liquid Nitrogen Many low-temperature processes leverage nitrogen's cooling and freezing capabilities. Find out what methods are used in what...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Unloading and Loading Hazardous Materials

September
2015
Process Safety Beacon
While loading and unloading operations in your tank farm may seem simple — transferring material -— these facilities may be some of the most important contributors to process safety risk in your plant. The tank farm probably contains the largest inventory of hazardous material in your plant. Operations, though simple, involve large quantities. The consequence of a loss of containment may be severe.

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Operational Readiness

August
2015
Process Safety Beacon
Any time that you introduce material or energy into equipment that is not currently being used, it is essential that you confirm that the equipment is ready. Are all of the parts of the equipment actually there and properly installed, or is something missing? Are all the valves that are supposed to be open actually open, and are all the valves that are supposed to be closed actually closed? Is everything else ready to use?

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Know When to Leave

July
2015
Process Safety Beacon
You cannot know when an unexpected reaction in a vessel might develop enough pressure to cause the vessel to rupture. All a large release of a flammable vapor needs in order to burn or explode is an ignition source. Never put yourself in danger by remaining in the area if this happens in your plant. Know your facility’s emergency plans, participate in drills, and know when to evacuate or shelter in a safe place.

[Presentation] Dust Explosions

March 23, 2010
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

April 18, 2011
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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January 10, 2013
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-...

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.

The Mentoring Experience at Chevron

August 16, 2013
Kevin Watson, team lead, OE Support for Capital Projects at Chevron, exchanges thoughts and mentoring experiences with recent hire and facilities engineer Amy Bordonaro.

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.

LP2013

May 6, 2013
CCPS and DECHEMA are co-sponsoring this conference in the field of process safety.

Chinese Hackers Target U.S. Oil and Gas

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February 22, 2013
A group of China’s increasingly sophisticated cybersoldiers, known as the “Comment Crew," appear to be trying to penetrate America's critical infrastructure, including systems...

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...

Playing with Fire in Outer Space

December 2, 2011
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...

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.

Runaway: Explosion at T2 Laboratories [Video]

April 8, 2010
On December 19, 2007, a runaway chemical reaction during the production of a gasoline additive destroyed T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, Florida , killing four people and...

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...

The Principle of Fail-Safe

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February 23, 2011
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

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."

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...

4th AIChE Regional Process Technology Conference

June 18, 2012
The South Texas Section of the AIChE, in partnership with AIChE HQ, is hosting its 4th Regional Process Technology Conference at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference...

What Is the Goal?

May 14, 2013
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

April 12, 2012
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...

System Attacks - Turning SCADA into NADA

March 12, 2013
Intelligence reports show that a rising number of cyber attacks have targeted energy infrastructure around the world, accounting for 40% of all the incidents.

Spring Meeting YP Programming: Preview

February 7, 2012
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...

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 Joseph Stough, IHS [On Location]

April 13, 2012
Joe Stough of IHS spoke with us at the Spring Meeting poster session in Houston to explain his company's research on better understanding how the best-performing companies are...

CSB Safety Video: Anatomy of a Disaster [Video]

March 3, 2010
Anatomy of a Disaster tells the story of one of the worst industrial accidents in recent U.S. history--the March 23, 2005, explosion at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, which...
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