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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.

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.

Selecting Sensors for Safety Instrumented Systems

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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