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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.

Consequence Modeling of Dynamic Source Terms

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
While several dispersion modeling tools provide modeling tools for static situations, it is challenging to model conditions when there are several...

A Modern Well HAZOP Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Although hazard identification and risk assessment are regarded as key factors in present Gulf of Mexico regulatory environment, practical...

Ten Commandments of Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PROCESS SAFETY Thou shall honor thy container Thou shall always maintain a sense of vulnerability Thou shall eliminate...

Dow Learnings & Actions from the Deepwater Horizon Accident

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Dow Learnings & Actions from the Deepwater Horizon Accident The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion on April 20, 2010, killed 11 workers,...

Active Versus Passive Fire Protection - Getting the Balance Right

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 11:00am-11:15am
A key question often asked when trying to evaluate the effectiveness of a fire protection system is how to strike a balance between active and fire...

Effect of Body Bowl Choking on Pressure Relief Valve Stability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
It is known that the velocity at the outlet flange of conventional PRV (Pressure Relief Valve) reaches the sonic velocity in case of larger size of...

1987 Celanese Pampa Butane Vapor Cloud Explosion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
On Saturday November 14, 1987, the presenter personally witnessed a catastrophic vapor cloud explosion at the Celanese Chemicals facility in Pampa,...

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...

Steam Control in Elevated Steam Assisted Flares

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 10:00am-10:30am
Steam assisted flares are commonly used in the petrochemical industry. Over-steaming of these flares can be a cause of incomplete combustion. But,...

Ignorance Is No Defense...Audit Management Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
What gets measured gets done. Whether it's for process safety management risk management ISO, OHSAS or equivalent, the audit element is essential to...

Industrial Partnerships and PSM Standards in Canada

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:30am-9:00am
The story of process safety management (PSM) in Canada is quite different than in other countries. The practices and guidelines have evolved through...

Process Safety Auditing: Thinking Beyond Compliance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:30am-9:00am
The PSM rule requires a ‘compliance audit’ at least every three years. This description implies that the purpose of the audit is to ensure that legal...

Safety Management of Petrochemical Tank Farms

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
The storage tank zone of petrochemical enterprises is an important site to store liquid raw materials, intermediate products and target products...

We Learn and Share but We Don't Get Better! Time for Huaa

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 8:00am-8:30am
Any organisation can improve by leveraging its knowledge and lessons learned. These learnings or knowledge can be external or, in a global enterprise...

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,...

Experimental Study on Propane Jet Fire Hazards: Thermal Radiation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Jet fires is a of the major hazards in the oil and gas industry, and half of the reported jet fires caused domino effect to enlarge the incident. The...

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...

LOPA - More Observations from the Originators

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Layer of protection analysis (LOPA) has been around for 20 years, and in general use for 15 years, with the LOPA textbook from CCPS/AIChE being...

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...

Risk Assessment for a Gas and Liquid Hydrogen Fueling Station

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have been developed for years to cut dependence on fossil fuel and significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions toward a...

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...

Impacts of Process Safety Time on Layer of Protection Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
The ability of an Independent Protection Layer (IPL) to achieve a given level of risk reduction is dependent upon its fulfillment of several core...

Mitigation Effect of High Expansion Foam on LNG Vapor Hazard

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The growing production and consumption of natural gas due to the advancement of technology, e.g., hydraulic fracturing, has accelerated the inter-...

Overfilling Protection for Weak Tanks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Low pressure tanks, designed to API-650 & API-620 code of construction may be subject to the overfilling scenario. Existing codes such as API-...

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...

Challenge of Mitsubishi Chemical's Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:30am-12:00pm
Mitsubishi Chemical has been working to improve process safety by implementing safety review (SR) activities.The aim of the SR activity is to improve...

Can I Use My Cooling Water Header As a Relief Device?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:30am-12:00pm
According to current industry practice, a heat exchanger tube rupture scenario is considered when the design pressure or maximum possible system...

On the Use of Laminar Burning Velocities in Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, April 27, 2015 - 11:30am-12:00pm
This study explores the role of the premixed laminar burning velocity as a global parameter to evaluate the explosion hazard of flammable gases and...

Has PSI Become a Data Management Nightmare?

Archived Webinar
Mar 26, 2014
This webinar addresses the importance of Process Safety Information (PSI) and PSI management, the potential limitations associated with PSI...

Spotlight on Safety: Enable Employee Growth and Success

November
2015
Spotlight on Safety
Albert Ness
On a recent talk radio program, Zeynep Ton, the author of the book The Good Jobs Strategy, discussed the defining factors of a good job — fair wages, predictable schedules, and opportunities for growth and success. The last element — opportunities...

Process Safety Beacon: Wrong Hose Causes Ammonia Leak

November
2015
Process Safety Beacon
One morning in July 2009, at a plant in South Carolina, a truck of anhydrous ammonia was unloaded into a storage tank using a hose stored on the truck trailer. Shortly after the transfer started, the unloading hose ruptured and released a cloud of...

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,...

Engineering & Construction 101

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:15am-9:45am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

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...

Capital Project Process Management

Archived Webinar
Sep 16, 2015
A major challenge faced by PSM-covered sites is addressing the process safety management needs of capital projects. This webinar covers specific...

Auditing Relief Systems Design Basis - Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 9:00am-9:30am
Auditing Relief Systems Design Basis - Best Practices Ever since OSHA implemented their National Emphasis Program in 2007, facility’s pressure relief...

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.

Emissions Testing of Pressure Assisted Flare Burners

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 9:45am-10:00am
The flare system for a new US Gulf Coast propylene production unit will be a multipoint ground flare utilizing pressure assisted burners. The...

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...

Planning Early for Compressor Surge Avoidance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Compressor stations are installed at regular interval to drive the flow of gas in a pipeline. The principal component of the compressor station is...

Fire from the Cascading Failure of an Oxygen Supply System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
This paper discusses the investigation, findings, and root cause analysis of a fire due to the loss of oxygen containment in an ethylene oxide...

Engineering Safe Pressure Relief for Existing Flare Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 11:15am-11:45am
Designing a safe and cost-effective pressure relief system is a constant concern for Engineers working to design safe facilities. Existing flare...

A Miss, Amiss, a Near Miss

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 10:45am-11:15am
Working Titles: Here a Miss, There a Miss, Everywhere a Near Miss Has your Near Miss Program Gone Amiss? Amiss, A Miss, A Near Miss Catastrophic...
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