Completed CCPS Projects

Completed CCPS Projects are listed below. After clicking on any project, you'll see a link to the book for the completed project. 

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.

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.

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Project 219: Process Safety Moments Presentations

Create a library of short (1 to 4 slide) PowerPoint files. This will allow for easy sharing and presentation. Other media such as video clips (embedded in PowerPoint presentations) or podcasts would be considered. Another potential idea is to have TSC members record the moments to provide a personalized, reality feel. The material topic and/or intended audience would influence the media selection: i.e. PowerPoint (printouts) for a toolbox meeting v. podcasts for a business leader focused Process Safety Moment.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 191: Guidelines for Pressure Relief & Effluent Handling 2nd Edition

This book presents a methodology which helps properly size all the components in a pressure relief system from the relief device through vapor liquid separation equipment up to the stack. It is the only book in this field that covers the topic of 2-Phase flow, based on the most up to date research and studies by the Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS). Along with the CCFlow suite of design tools and the new Superchems for DIERS® Lite software included with the, this book is essential for engineers designing chemical plants, refineries, and similar facilities

Project 196: Independent Protection Layers and Initiating Events

The publication will provide process automation engineers, process engineers, facility operators, and safety professionals with the appropriate treatment and requirements applicable to equipment design, administrative procedures, or other “credits” that are treated as an independent protection layer and initiating event from a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) perspective.

Project 212: Guidelines for Determining the Probability of a Released Flammable Mass

Define a set of approaches for calculating the likelihood of ignition for selected categories of scenarios, and publish a Guidelines or Concept series book of instructions and tools (including a CD of calculation methodologies and structure for input data) to do so. Ideally, three categories of resources needed and matching precision of calculations will be developed (e.g. low, medium, and high degree of precision and accompanying required effort).

Project 224: Hazard Identification eLearning

While “Top-down” emphasis of PSM & other safety programs is necessary, the daily “enforcement” is at the worker and supervisor levels. This project will increase the understanding and buy-in for PSM at the first-line supervisory level through better understanding of PSM, its benefits and the interactions of the various elements.

Project 225: Process Safety Management for Front Line Supervisors

While “Top-down” emphasis of PSM & other safety programs is necessary, the daily “enforcement” is at the worker and supervisor levels. This project will increase the understanding and buy-in for PSM at the first-line supervisory level through better understanding of PSM, its benefits and the interactions of the various elements.

Project 235: Managing the Impact of Natural Disasters on the Process Industries

Proposal: Deal with the subject of catasctrophic natural disasters and their potential impact on chemical and petrochemical process particularly with regard to common mode failures and supply chains. Address issues related to and the importance of planning. Including impact to infrasctructures. Benefits: Natural disasters can cause a wide spread damage and affect operations at a site in addition to internal and external infrasctructure damage. Impacts can easily extend to a company's own supply chain. Understanfing how these occurrences can affect operations allows the site and compnay to...

Project 236: Economic Recovery Preparation Project

As the global economy revives, there will be a number of stressors on hte EHS and in particular PSM systems. HCnages in operations and personnel have occurered to address the economic conditions. The premise is to develop two (2) shoer publicaitons to raise awareness of this issue and provide guidance on how to assess the present condition of the PSM systems and develop a plan for revitalize the PSM systems as the recovery occurs; not after an event. Team Composition: Populate with appropiate personnel with expertise in project management, economic recovery and process safety management...

Project 239: Guidelines for Process Safety Knowledge and Expertise

Present the framework of process safety knowledge and expertise versus the desired competency level in a “super-matrix” format. This would be targeted at multiple audiences, ranging from front line chemical operators, mechanics and instrument technicians through senior management, including financial and business executives. Gaps between existing and desired training levels can then be identified, and potential remedies suggested. Customization for specific company will be permitted.

Project 241: Guidelines for Safe Automation, 2nd Edition

An update to the original 1993 guideline, this edition will cover state-of-the-art design and maintenance of Basic Process Control Systems (BPCS) and its role in overall safe operation. It will also focus on the BPCS/operator interface and will have worked examples of control schemes in combination with SIS. RBPS principles will be integrated and a control strategy for cyber attack “security” will also be covered.

Project 243: Guidelines for Asset Integrity Management

This book will be an expansion of the first edition and will address gaps in guidance, such as selecting materials of construction, condition monitoring, critical safety equipment, RBI and MI metrics. More examples will be included from member companies for best practices.

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 256: Training Course for Incident Warning Signs

Proposal: Prepare a training program for the book Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs Benefits: support CCPS mission to foster knowledge, understanding and implementation of process safety by executives, management, technicians, engineers, students, government officials and the public. The course could be developed by CCPS Staff or an outside contractor. Course material would include power point slides with speaker notes, workshop problems and solutions, final exams and answer sheets. The course would be designed to be taught by CCPS or licensed with appropriate controls by CCPS...