CCPS Projects

Each year the CCPS Technical Steering Committee develops a list of projects, and a Project Subcommittee is established for each approved CCPS project or group of associated projects. Members of the Technical Steering Committee suggest individuals with the appropriate experience and expertise for particular projects.

Active CCPS Projects are listed below. CCPS Project Subcommittees consist of at least eight professionals from sponsor manufacturers or users of chemicals, with no more than one representative from each company. Click here to view Roles & Responsibilities of CCPS teams.

If you would like to volunteer for a project or have questions about a project, please contact Louisa Nara, CCPS Technical Director at louna@aiche.org or Anil Gokhale, CCPS Director of Projects at anilg@aiche.org.

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Benchmarking Process Safety Management Systems

A formal, systematic PSM benchmarking program that allows participants to understand the strengths and weakness of their current process safety management process, set definitive goals for improvement, and define their programs position relative to others.

Process Equipment Reliability Database (PERD)

PERD is looking for companies to download data for equipment of their choosing into an Excel spreadsheet or Access database for submittal to PERD. PERD will take the data and calculate reliability parameters for things like mean time to failure for specific failure modes where such data is sufficient.

Process Safety Beacon

Provide timely and informative process safety messages directly to manufacturing personnel to improve process safety awareness.

Process Safety Boot Camp - 2nd Generation

Expand present Process Safety Boot Camp Course to a series of associated courses that address different audiences. Depending on the audience needs, the courses would range from Awareness, to Executive overview for Decision Making to Engineering Design, Operation and Maintenance, to introductions for Students and Professors. Team Composition: Select a core team of current Boot Camp Instructors and Industry Representatives that have gone through the Boot Camp or are associated with other Training / Education activities. Having one or two representatives from the Training Departments of CCPS...

Process Safety Incident Database (PSID)

PSID is an easily accessible, secure database that tracks process safety incidents among members with a focus on the lessons learned from the reports. Participants use the database to pool and share process safety incident experience among participating companies so they can learn from the experiences of others without suffering the consequences of failures, while minimizing corporate liability.

Project 237: Guidelines for Barrier Risk Management (Bow Tie Analysis)

This Concept Book would review the foundation of the method, provide instructions on how to draw the bow tie correctly and how to avoid common errors. Typical constructs for typical process threats – corrosion, impact, improper operation / human error, operational upsets, etc. would be demonstrated. The risk management information associated with every barrier would be explained, e.g. barrier owner, performance expectation, pending actions, related documents. The Guideline would address how to convene a team to develop the bow tie diagram and how the review process. Its use in ongoing...

Project 244: Process Safety-Vision 2020

Vision 20/20 is an effort to envision the unique characteristics that companies with great process process safety performance will have in the year 2020. If those characteristics are identified, then companies can seek to meet those characteristics and organizations such as CCPS can further develop products to support the improvement.

Project 246: Guidelines for Siting and Layout of Facilities, 2nd Edition

This project would revise and update the current CCPS publication “Guidelines for Facility Siting and Layout”, including information on occupied portable buildings, facility and plant layout. Reference documents would include but not limited to API 752 and 753 as well as OSHA/EPA interpretation letters and recently published CCPS books touching on this subject.

Project 247: Integrating Management Systems and Metrics to Improve Process Safety

The purpose of this Guideline is to tie the use of metrics into integrated EH&SS management systems, integrating PSM and looking at how metrics are used throughout an organization. It should show how metrics can be used as a regular “Check” part of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle and the use of metrics to drive more robust and sustainable practices in management review and audits.

Project 248: Tools for Making Acute Risk Decisions

The purpose of this book is to provide a practical guide on the application of decision making tools for managing process safety risk and to drive the concept that managing process safety risk through informed decision making is beneficial for all stakeholders.

Project 250: Process Safety in Capital Projects

Use a project timeline to guide the reader through the issues of ensuring PS is included at each step (gate) of an engineering project. It will have case studies & incidents for emphasis. It will follow RBPS elements, provide templates for various “gate reviews”, and will lean heavily on GL’s for design, siting, consequence modeling and other references.

Project 251: Process Safety in Pilot Plants and Laboratories

This project will develop and publish a book providing advisory guidance on process safety for laboratories and pilot plants using as a basis the management system elements presented in the 2007 CCPS Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety. The current version of NFPA 45 (2011) clearly draws a distinction between laboratories and pilot plants and focuses only on lab fire protection and provides no detailed guidance on many aspects of process safety. This book will pull together both literature information and company experience, including incident case study examples, to present management...

Project 252: Combustible Dust Hazard Assessment: A Risk based Approach

This project will develop and publish a concept book providing guidance how to control and mitigate dust hazards in the workplace. It is intended to focuses on the methodologies for predicting and measuring dust hazard parameters, design of suppression and venting systems, and other related topics.

Project 253: Effective Process Safety Communications

Based on information presented at the 8th Global Congress by T.J. Larkin, most process safety communication is too complex for rapid and complete understanding. The Beacon was called out in this presentation as a good example of how to provide effective communication. This project would identify ways of improving process safety communication, from operating procedures to warning signs, so that key, life-saving information is transmitted and received in an effective manner.

Project 255: Evergreen LOPA/IPL Database

Provide up-to-date, reviewed / approved datasheets of IEs and Independent Protection Layers (IPLs) and perhaps Conditional Modifiers for use in basic Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA), and perhaps beyond basic LOPA. The site could contain downloadable tools, such a blank IPL forms, IPL & IE checklists, etc. The datasheets will be like those in the upcoming Guidelines for IEs and IPLs (2011), but will be kept evergreen. This will be an evergreen appendix to the LOPA books. Access will be online via by password, which expires each year. It is anticipated that will be an ongoing project,...

Project 257: Translation of CCPS Books/Tools into Chinese

Proposal: Process safety is emerging as a focus and competency in the Asia Pacific Region. Industrial growth in this area has increased the need and desire to share information and lessons learned from companies and industries that have been involved from catastrophic incidents. Translation of CCPS Books into Mandarin will increase access to valuable information. Benefits: expand CCPS’ global presence and share process safety information.

Project 258: Training Course for Conduct of Operations and Operational Discipline

Proposal: Prepare a training program for the book Conduct of Operation and Operational Discipline. Benefits: Support CCPS mission to foster knowledge, understanding and implementation of process safety by executives, management, technicians, engineers, students, government officials and the public. Approach: This project is on hold.

Project 259: CCPS's Seven Minute Seminars

Create a large database of short “seven minute seminars” that quickly inform a plant manager, engineer or operator about a specific piece of equipment. Much like the “Take Two… for Safety”, people are often willing to give up a guaranteed short amount of time for a cause. The videos will be broken down into two sections; The Mechanics, and The Science. The sections will talk about the mechanical parts and make up, and physical laws that apply and the relative chemical reactions that are happening within each part. These videos are meant to inform rather than transform, meaning, they are to be...

Project 260: Translation of CCPS Books into Spanish

Proposal: Process safety is emerging as a focus and competency in the Latin America Region. Industrial growth in this area has increased the need and desire to share information and lessons learned from companies and industries that have been involved from catastrophic incidents. Translation of CCPS Books into Spanish will increase access to valuable information. Benefits: expand CCPS’ global presence and share process safety information.

Project 261: Translation of CCPS Books into Portuguese

Proposal: Process safety is emerging as a focus and competency in the Brazil. Industrial growth in this area has increased the need and desire to share information and lessons learned from companies and industries that have been involved from catastrophic incidents. Translation of CCPS Books into Portuguese will increase access to valuable information. Benefits: expand CCPS’ global presence and share process safety information.

Project 264: Guidelines for Process Safety in Outsourced Manufacturing Operations, 2nd Edition

Update current Guideline, published in 2000, to incorporate the CCPS Risk-Based Process Safety elements and inherently safer design concepts; update guidance on legal and insurance (risk transfer) issues, and speak to international differences. Ensure the new edition addresses both the perspective of the client company and the toller/contract company and impacts to the supply chain.

Project 267: Process Safety Leadership Challenge

Create a short, well-designed book or pamphlet for corporate leaders giving them concrete actions they can perform daily for at least 30 working days to demonstrate process safety leadership. The book may have separate sections for plant/operations based leaders, executive leaders, and engineering leaders, as determined by the subcommittee. Each activity will be accompanied by illustrations to help explain/reinforce the leadership concept being described.

Project 268: Dealing with Aging Process Facilities and Infrastructure

Chemical process and petrochemical facilities utilize a range of equipment and infrastructure to operate optimally and generate value for enterprises. The aging of process equipment and infrastructure introduce opportunities for loss of containment and resulting accidental releases. A number of factors are considered when managing aging equipment and infrastructure to assess and manage the associated risks. This book would be designed to help those responsible for maintaining and evaluating equipment (maintenance, equipment and asset integrity) to understand and assess the added risks of...

Project 269: Preventing Normalization of Deviation

This guidelines book, “Prevention of Normalization of Deviations “ would address the initial and long term effects of normalization of deviations in reduced efficiencies, reduced product quality, extended batch run time and other near misses which lead up to loss of containment releases and catastrophic events.

Project 271: Process Safety Applications for Electronic Devices (Smart Phones/Tablets/Desktop, etc)

This project would include the identification, prioritization and development of software “apps” for process safety professionals and others as appropriate for use on smart phones, tablets, and other computer devices. Many CCPS documents and books are available in an electronic format, but are not easily searchable or in user-friendly format. Providing new tools on process safety can increase both the timeliness and the use of process safety information, particularly in situations when quick access to information and quick response is needed.

Project 275: Process Safety During Transient Operations (Start-Up/Shutdown)

The highest risk periods for most manufacturing facilities occur during start-ups and shutdowns. As a result, CCPS will publish a book to help members improve process safety management during transient operations. This book will help industry better identify and understand the unique hazards that are involved during these events. The book will also assist in understanding risk management during these occasions.

Project 276: Guidelines/Essentials of Safe Work Practices/Conduct of Operations

The objective of Project 276 is to develop an integrated set of policies, procedures, permits, and other systems that are designed to manage risks associated with non-routine activities. Examples of these activities include performing hot work, opening process vessels or lines, and entering a confined space. To date, a Safe Work Practice (SWP) document has been developed for hot work authorization, line breaking/isolation, lockout/tagout (control of energy hazards), and confined space entry.

Project 277: Guidelines for Inherently Safer Design

The guideline book will clearly define Inherently Safer Design (ISD), explain how to develop ISD alternatives, and evaluate ISD vs. conventional alternatives. Special attention will be paid to As Low as Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) determinations in the safety case regime.

Project 278 : Risk Based Process Safety Web Application Tool

This project aims to create an easily accessible web-based tool for each of the 20 Risk Based Process Safety elements. A central “hub” of free Process Safety information, tools, and resources is now available at https://www.aiche.org/ccps/resources/rbps .

Project 279: Incidents That Define Process Safety, 2nd Ed.

This second edition to Incidents that Define Process Safety builds on the incidents that were outlined in the original book and is adding incidents from other countries and business sectors (e.g. foods) where Risk Based Process Safety is applicable and necessary to avoid catastrophic events. The chapters are largely aligned to major incident types (e.g. fires, toxics, etc.). Additionally, each incident is aligned to the primary elements of Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS), thus availing the reader to be able to identify incidents that exemplify where these elements could have played a role in...

Project 280: Risk Analysis Screening Tool (RAST) and Chemical Hazards Evaluation Fundamentals Tool (CHEF)

CHEF is a compilation of simple methods, models, and techniques for performing a process safety analysis. Additionally, RAST is a software application that utilizes the methods and techniques described in CHEF to identify hazards and analyze process risk. These tools, donated to CCPS by The Dow Chemical Company, provide users with the capability to identify hazards (CHEF) and to perform risk screening tests with basic dispersion modeling on chemical releases (RAST). The intent is to help smaller companies without extensive process safety experience or resources better understand the specific...

Project 281: Human Performance for Process Safety Professionals

This project will create a guideline that enables Process Safety professionals to build their understanding of human performance topics. This effort will also build on the highlight joint industry documents, tools, and educational offers. The project will expand on the Human Factors Methods for Improving Performance in the Process Industries book.

Project 282: Guidelines for Investigating Chemical Process Incidents, 3rd Ed.

This project will be the 3rd edition of the Guidelines for Investigating Chemical Process Incidents book and will update the previous 2003 edition. This book will focus on investigating process-related incidents with real or potential catastrophic consequences. Issues related to preservation and control of an accident scene, collecting and documenting evidence, and maintaining a chain of custody will be addressed in this edition. Identifying root causes, working with multiple regulatory agencies (CSP, OSHA, EPA, BATF, etc.), dealing with the 24/7 news cycle, and providing litigation support...

Project 283: Guidelines for the Revalidation of PHAs, 2nd Ed

This project is an update on the 2001 book, Revalidating Process Hazard Analyses. This second edition will provide improved guidelines for identifying missing or undervalued elements of the prior PHA (such as facility siting, effective consideration of human factors, security, and other elements that were not in use at the time of the first edition’s composition). The book will also guide those developing revalidation protocols to identify improvement opportunities with the use of today’s tools and techniques (e.g. LOPA and layers of protection, identification of passive vs. active, and...

Project 285: Business Case for Process Safety and Sustainability/The Leadership Challenge for Process Safety:

This project will produce a third edition of the pamphlet, “The Business Case for Process Safety and Sustainability” and will generate a book entitled The Leadership Challenge for Process Safety. The existing “The Business Case for Process Safety” pamphlet will be updated to incorporate a current perspective of the positive and negative business impacts of process safety focus and performance. Additionally, the impact of process safety on sustainability and sustainable growth will be included. The Leadership Challenge for Process Safety book will be for corporate leaders, giving them concrete...

Safety and Chemical Engineering Education (SACHE)

SAChE is a standing CCPS subcommittee responsible for: Evaluating requests for CCPS to participate in other organizations’ events or projects, identifying how CCPS would participate, and recruiting volunteers or identifying staff to support these activities.