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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.

Chinese Hackers Target U.S. Oil and Gas

3 Comments
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...

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.

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...

7th CCPS Latin American Conference on Process Safety

August 1, 2016

The 7th CCPS Latin American Process Safety Conference, organized by IBP (Instituto Brasiliero de Petróleo, Gás e Biocombustíveis) and the Center for Chemical Process Safety, originally planned for Rio de Janeiro in August, 2015, is being rescheduled for Lima, Peru, in 2016.

Process Safety Management for Biodiesel

eLearning (online) Course
OSHA is closely monitoring the biodiesel industry. In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve your process safety management and eliminate...

Process Safety Lessons Taught from Experience

eLearning (online) Course
This certificate is designed to provide insight into important case histories related to process safety. By learning from the mistakes of others, the...

HAZOP Studies

eLearning (online) Course
Learn the concepts and techniques of the Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study methodology, including related matters of preparation, team meeting...

Nitrogen's Role in Safety

eLearning (online) Course
This SAChE Safety Certificate focuses on Nitrogen which is a staple of the chemical industry. Because it is an inert gas, nitrogen is suitable for a...

Heat Exchanger Design and Operations

Public (classroom) Course
This course is ideal for chemical and mechanical engineers who are engaged in plant operations, technical services, and project design; or with...

Risk Assessment

eLearning (online) Course
The course material prepares students to develop the information needed in plant design in a senior-level design course (e.g., a HAZOP on a process...

SAChE Certificate Program

eLearning (online) Course
The SAChE Certificate Program offers working engineers an easy way to access a selection of knowledge about chemical process safety. Originally...

Process Safety Management Overview

eLearning (online) Course
The online course covers the US OSHA PSM 14 regulatory requirements as well as the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) 20 element approach to...

Chemical Reactivity Hazards

eLearning (online) Course
Chemical Reactivity Hazards is a web-based SAChE module that shows how uncontrolled chemical reactions can lead to serious harm.

Basics of Laboratory Safety

eLearning (online) Course
This SAChE certificate program course provides a complete review of safety for laboratories handling hazardous chemicals.

Selecting Sensors for Safety Instrumented Systems

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

Combustible Dust Hazards: Dust Explosions

Public (classroom) Course
This course covers the knowledge and tools necessary to examine your workplace for the hazards, assess protection needs, and to respond efficiently...

Inherently Safer Design

eLearning (online) Course
This SAChE course provides information for understanding inherently safer design of chemical processes and plants.

Process Safety Management for Bioethanol

eLearning (online) Course
Process safety management is one of the most frequently cited hazards at ethanol plants by OSHA. In this online course, you’ll learn how to improve...

Optimizing LOPA

Archived Webinar
May 6, 2015
This presentation is an overview of the LOPA process. How/why it is used instead of, or in addition to HAZOPs and What-Ifs to identify hazardous...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Mechanical Integrity

May
2015
Process Safety Beacon
An effective MOC system is vital to the success of any piping integrity management program. Your plant inspection group can anticipate changes in corrosion or other deterioration and change inspection schedules and procedures appropriately. Make sure your inspection group is involved in the approval process for changes that may affect the integrity of piping or other equipment.

CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Verify, then Act

May
2015
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
Verify-then-act is a practice and mindset that all engineers and personnel in the chemical process industries (CPI) should adopt. Mixing the wrong chemicals, setting temperatures or pressures outside of safe operating limits, or performing a step out of sequence can result in a range of consequences, from a bad batch or loss of production to a catastrophic incident. However, simply verifying before acting can reduce the risk of these penalties and save time, money, and lives.

Fundamentals of Fire and Fire Control

Archived Webinar
Sep 16, 2009
This webinar features a live question and answer session with Dr. J. Reed Welker, one of the world’s most respected experts in fire and fire control.

Introduction to Flammable Materials

Archived Webinar
Feb 18, 2009
This webinar will provide a basic introduction to flammable materials with the purpose of providing valuable information that a practicing engineer...

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...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Safe Work Practices

April
2015
Process Safety Beacon
The term safe work practices refers to the processes we use to authorize nonroutine work activities, and to control the hazards and manage the risks associated with these activities. Safe work practices often authorize work through permits, which frequently include checklists of potential hazards associated with the work. A nonroutine activity has nothing to do with how often the activity is done. Instead, it refers to activities that are not part of the normal process for converting raw materials to finished product, and not covered by the plant’s standard operating procedures for normal operations.

CEP: Material Matters - Tool Helps Predict Reactivity Hazards

April
2015
Material Matters
Kirk Richardson
To provide guidance and disseminate reactivity data, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in conjunction with partnering companies and technical associations, developed the Chemical Reactivity Worksheet (CRW). The free software ( http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/reactivityworksheet ) allows CPI professionals to review the reactivity hazards of thousands of individual chemicals, as well as predict the consequence of mixing chemical substances. Since its release in March 2013, the CRW Version 3 (CRW3) has been downloaded approximately 80,000 times.

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...

The HA-MOC Interaction - Getting the Best out of Both Processes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 11:00am-11:30am
The PHA-MOC Interaction – Getting the Best Out of Both Processes Rainer Hoff, Ph.D., P.Eng. President Gateway Consulting Group, Inc. Paul A...

CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Who Are All These People?

February
2015
Process Safety Beacon
In many serious events, there may have been more people in the area than were needed to do or monitor the job. Too many people in the area, whether the control room or the plant, can be a distraction, causing bad decisions that could lead to serious...

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...

Are Unconfined Hydrogen Vapor Cloud Explosions Credible?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:30pm
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

Consulting/HSE

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

Engineering

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...

Downstream

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:00am-9:15am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Upstream

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Process Safety Regulation - Can any Style be considered Superior?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Recently the US Chemical Safety Board has been quite supportive of the concept of the “Safety Case” system. In a recent Regulatory Report, CSB went...

Implementation Issues with Regards to Process Safety Programs

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
The chemical industry continues to struggle and face challenges with regard to improvements in safety performance because of a lack of effective...
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