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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.

2014 Conference Keynote

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 8:30am-9:15am
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Management of Organizational Change

Archived Webinar
Sep 17, 2014
In this webinar, Dr. Hoff shares some of the results of his current research on the topic of Management of Organizational Change (MOOC). Changes in...

Automation Solutions for Processing Light Tight (Shale) Oil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
Opportunity crudes from shale are more readily available in North America with incentives on cost. However, these typically lighter crude oils don’t...

Low Temperature / Auto-Refrigeration Incidents Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 4:15pm-4:45pm
A number of ethylene producers will share their experiences with low temperature / auto-refrigeration (near miss incidents, PHAs, mitigation, etc.)...

Molecular Modeling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Molecular Modelling of Naphtha Catalytic Reforming Catalytic reforming is one of the most important refinery processes providing high octane number...

Tutorial on Auto-Refrigeration and Brittle Fracture Analysis (Part 2)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:15pm
The tutorial is aimed at entry level to seasoned veteran engineers that desire to have a better understanding of this multidiscipline process safety...

Tutorial on Auto-Refrigeration and Brittle Fracture Analysis (Part 1)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:15pm
The tutorial is aimed at entry level to seasoned veteran engineers that desire to have a better understanding of this multidiscipline process safety...

Relief Systems Design: Simplifying Assumptions Gone Wrong

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:15am-11:45am
The process of evaluating an entire facility’s relief and flare systems design can be extremely time consuming and costly. In most cases, simplifying...

Equations for Flammability Parameters, Pmax and KG

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:15am-11:45am
The maximum pressure of gas combustion, P max , and the deflagration index, K G ,are very important flammability parameters that are used for risk...

Perspectives on Ragagep

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice or RAGAGEP is a fundamental building block of OSHA's PSM standard. OSHA has announced...

Impact of DDT on FPSO Explosion Risk Assessment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
In recent explosion accidents on onshore petrochemical facilities, it has been concluded that a deflagration-to-detonation-transition (DDT) took...

Becoming a Great Process Safety Leader

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:15am-10:45am
Leaders play a critical role in catastrophic event prevention through their effect on culture. At least one cultural factor was a root cause...

Ethylene Decomposition: A Review

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:45am-10:00am
Under conditions of high pressure and temperature, ethylene can decompose to methane and carbon. This highly exothermic reaction, once initiated, is...

Walk the Line

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Walk the Line Jerry Forest Global Process Safety Manager Celanese 225 E. John Carpenter Freeway Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75234 (214) 417-1920 Jerry...

Vinyl Chloride Monomer Explosion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
2007 LPS best paper

Engaging Employees in Catastrophic Event Prevention

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Implementing an effective process safety system goes beyond documented policies and procedures. It requires behavioral reliability in its execution...

Hurricane Ike Recovery - Electrical & Instrument Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
On September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike struck the Texas-Louisiana Coast causing severe damage to local chemical plant facilities and communities. This...

Engaging Senior Management In Process Safety: A Case History

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
Traditional PowerPoint style presentations are good for transferring information but were not found to be an effective medium for engaging senior...

Risk Adverse or Risk Ad Nauseam

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
The use of risk management techniques and tools has become more common place in the past few decades, but have we really learned how to use them...

Compliance: The Necessary Evil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Compliance: The Necessary Evil Compliance is not optional. Where process safety regulations are in place and enforced, failure to comply puts one’s...

Overview of Inherently Safer Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Best CCPS paper from 2010 GCPS

Influence of Customers on PSM Programs - Hitting a Moving Target

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
What responsible organization does not aim for continual improvement in their PSM program? Lack of resources, lack of commitment, or even conflicting...

Are Unconfined Hydrogen Vapor Cloud Explosions Credible?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

Model to Implement Industrial and Operational Certification Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The intent is to present a practical model implementation of industrial and operational certification program that consider the most effective...

Process Safety Culture - Making This a Reality

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
There is a lot of attention on Process Safety Culture. Many implementers see this as an intangible attribute of a company or site. Others see this as...

Mechanical Integrity 101 for Process Safety Professionals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
This paper prepares you to evaluate your existing practices versus recognized codes and standards and then to efficiently improve or develop and...

Risk Assessment Challenges to 20:20 Vision

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
A wide variety of hazard identification and risk analysis techniques are available. All techniques require knowledge in the fundamentals of the...

Steam Trap Maintenance and Design for Energy Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Steam availability is a key resource and constraint in an ethylene plant and where turbines are used for energy optimization. A steam leak and steam...

A Prudent Approach to Revalidating Process Hazard Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
The Chemical Process Industry (CPI) has long recognized the necessity of periodically revalidating Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), such as Hazard and...

CO2 BACT Preparation and Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
ABSTRACT AIChE 2014 SPRING CONFERENCE – ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER SOLUTIONS SESSION AUTHORS Joseph W. Guida, PE – Director, Process Technology and...

Keys to Avoid Making a Dog's Breakfast out of Your MOC System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
When thinking about MOCs on a case by case basis it is easy to forget the overall role of a change management system. Think of MOC as a security...

New Silicon-Carbide Joining Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:15pm
FM Technologies, Inc. (FMT) has developed new methods for joining SiC-to-SiC and SiC-to-metal for use in ethylene production. Global production of...

Are We Really Learning from Major Accidents in Drilling Operations?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
Are we really learning from major accidents in Drilling operations? Claudio Castañeda - Well Integrity Leader EQUION Energia Ltd Recently, we past...

Managing Operational Risk in an Enterprise Risk Management Framework

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Chevron has a structured approach to enterprise risk management that is aligned to ISO31000 and consistent with industry best practices including the...

Improve Furnace Availability and Control Downtime

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
In 2008, Ethylene Producer's Committee sponsored a worldwide furnace maintenance survey among ethylene producers. Out of the 67 respondents, over 70...
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