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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.

Inherently Safer Design

Public (classroom) Course
Get up-to-date on a fundamentally different approach to safety in the manufacture and use of chemicals. In one day, you’ll learn about inherently...

Basics of the Chemical Industry

eLearning (online) Course
The chemical industry value chain is complex. In this online course, you’ll gain a high-level review of the manufacture and markets for roughly 70...

Process Safety Management for Bioethanol

eLearning (online) Course
Process safety management is different in the biodiesel industry. Gain tools, techniques and regulatory guidance tailored to your unique needs.

June 2016 CEP Preview

June 14, 2016
This month a special SBE supplement looks at commercializing industrial biotechnology.

Ethics and the Chemical Engineer

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December 12, 2013
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...

Guidelines for Implementing Process Safety Management, 2nd Edition

June, 2016
The 2 nd edition provides an update of information since the publication of the first edition including best practices for managing process safety developed by industry as well as incorporate the additional process safety elements. In addition the book includes a focus on maintaining and improving...

Atmospheric Tank Failures: Mechanisms and an Unexpected Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 4:05pm-4:35pm
Most of the literature on catastrophic failures of low pressure tanks focuses on the ignition of explosive mixtures in the vapor space of those tanks...

Manage Risk and Improve Production Start-up of Capital Projects

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:00pm-1:30pm
In the final phases of a capital project, there are periods of high risk and several opportunities to shorten the time to full, on-spec production...

CCPS Certification Process for Certified Process Safety Professional

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 11:15am-11:45am
Abstract CCPS Certification Process for Certified Process Safety Professional Over the past 30 years, CCPS has focused its global efforts in four key...

Revitalizing Auditing Practices - One Company's Journey

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:15am-10:45am
Auditing can become a mundane and unsuccessful task when done repeatedly the same way by the same personnel. Auditors can get ‘stuck in a rut’ and...

Steam System Control and Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 9:00am-9:30am
Control of the overall steam system in a refinery or a large petrochemical plant can be one of the most difficult automation challenges, yet one of...

Conducting a Human Reliability Assessment to Support PHA and LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 8:00am-8:30am
PHA and LOPA facilitators may struggle with Human Factors and Administrative controls in their team sessions for a variety of reasons. These could...

Case Study on Inspection of Radiant Heater Ethylene Cracker Tubes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:05pm-4:30pm
A tube crawler has been developed to quantify the carburization in 25%Cr-35%Ni alloy tubes used in furnaces for ethylene production. Eddy current...

Forge Bonding: A Safer Metal Joining Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
When planning in-service repairs or enhancements that involve the joining of metals; sparks, flames and even elevated temperatures are a concern for...

Flameless Vent Testing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Flameless vents were developed and marketed for the first time over 25 years ago. The technology has evolved and been applied effectively in a wide...

CSB Recommendations: Gems, Gewgaws, and Buried Treasure

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) was authorized by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) and began operation in 1998...

NFPA Combustible Dust Standards - 2016 Update

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Every year, destructive and deadly dust-related fires and explosions affect a wide range of industries around the globe. In the United States alone,...

Improving Learning through Interactive Case Studies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Tragically, there is no shortage of case studies available to share learnings from catastrophic incidents across many industries, but we do not seem...

Design Considerations for Oily Water Lift Stations at Refineries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Oily water, a mixture of hydrocarbon residues and water, is contaminated water released during normal operations at an oil refinery. An oily water or...

Risk Criteria Selection and the Impacts on the LOPA Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
In the CCPS book Layer of Protection Analysis – Simplified Process Risk Assessment, Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is initially described as...

Feasibility Study for Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) Optical Gas Imaging

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Infrared (IR) cameras have been used extensively to detect hydrocarbon leaks from process equipment for both process safety and environmental...

Combustible Dust Hazard Assessment: A Risk Based Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
A CCPS Concept Book on performing Combustible Dust Hazard Assessments (CDHA) will be published later this year. This book is not meant to duplicate...

Considering External Fire to be a Non-Applicable Overpressure Scenario

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:45am-11:15am
An external fire is usually considered an applicable overpressure scenario as the necessary elements to fuel the ignition of a fire are almost always...

Update on OSHA PSM RAGAGEP Guidance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 10:15am-10:45am
Abstract RAGAGEP in PSM Enforcement (RAGAGEP 201) James R. Lay, PE Lisa A. Long Mike L. Marshall, PE Jeffrey J. Wanko, PE In 2015 OSHA issued...

Dynamic Barrier Management - Addressing the Reality

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 9:00am-9:30am
Barrier-based safety programs are increasingly being used to manage high hazard facilities safely. Typical tools include bow tie diagrams which map...

Safer and Smarter Sulfiding of Hydrotreating Catalysts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:50am-9:15am
Catalyst sulfiding (aka "presulfiding") is a critical step to ensure that hydrotreating catalysts perform as designed after startup. In order to...

Is a Two-Inch Hole Adequate for a Siting Study?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:30am-9:00am
For several decades now, many consequence-based siting assessments (e.g., API RP 752) have relied upon a two-inch hole to represent what is termed a...

Managing Alarms to Support Operational Discipline

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 8:30am-9:00am
Process alarms are frequently cited as a safeguard in a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and an Independent Protection Layers (IPL) in a Layer of...

Sustainable Productivity and Zero Harm in Practice

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
With each passing generation, the world seems to become a better place to live in. What seemed to be an unimaginable goal/impossible task yesterday,...

La Educacion EN Seguridad De Procesos

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
LA EDUCACION EN SEGURIDAD DE PROCESOS Karina Isabel Peñaflor 1 , 1 Pan American Energy LLC Alem 1180 - Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires Buenos Aires...

Shelter-in-place Design Considerations - How Safe is Safe Enough?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Facilities with potentially significant toxic and/or flammable hazards often establish shelter-in-place locations (SIPs) in order to mitigate risks...

40 Years of Worst Practices - Don't Do This!

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
ABSTRACT Having worked in the chemical and PSM industries since 1976, on this, the 40 th anniversary, I'd like to share with you some of the worst...

One Company's Observations on the Implementation of LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 11, 2016 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is gaining popularity as a risk assessment tool, but often unexpected difficulties are encountered when rolling...
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