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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 Anil Gokhale, CCPS Director of Projects at anilg@aiche.org or Louisa Nara, CCPS Technical Director at louna@aiche.org.

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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 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 251: Risk Based 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 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 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 270: Guidelines for Process Safety in Upstream Industry

This project will include the development of a concept book as well as application(s) or tool(s) for the upstream oil and gas and the shale oil and gas industries.

Project 275: Process Safety During Transient Operating Conditions (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 operating conditions. 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

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 Chemical Processes: A Life Cycle Approach, 3rd Ed.

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 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 Factors 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 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 289: Golden Rules of Process Safety for Specific Technologies

One of the most critical aspects of Process Safety is to know the hazards that one is dealing with, yet in too many incidents we realize that there was a knowledge gap in understanding the hazards. The goal of this project is to identify two to three technologies (e. g. FCC operations, Chlorine Chemistry, Nitration Chemistry, Peroxides, Combustible Dust, etc..) that have seen numerous incidents, have high hazards, and/or are highly utilized and Organize a team of process safety and process technology experts to develop a set of rules and tenants that serve the foundation for process safety...

Project 291: Abnormal Situation Management

Develop guidance for and a reference guide to techniques for Abnormal Situation Management (ASM). This project would develop a guidebook, with references, for concepts, tools and techniques to identify, control and mitigate abnormal process safety conditions.

Project 292: Lessons Learned Years Later

Over the years, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has made numerous recommendations to various parties in an attempt to improve Process Safety performance and to ensure that catastrophic incidents are prevented. This project will take a look at the best recommendations and learnings brought forward by the CSB and will provide content to help companies institutionalize these learnings within their own organizations. The CSB, through using actual incidents, often does a great job as to demonstrating why companies need to take action relative to certain hazards. This project would then build...

Project 293: Guidelines for Documenting, Implementing and Maintaining Process Knowledge Management

Developing, documenting, and maintaining process knowledge is one of two elements in the Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) pillar of understanding hazards and risk. Developing a high level of Process Knowledge Management throughout the organization is key to operating a safe and profitable manufacturing facility in compliance with applicable regulations and near-by residential area inhabitants needs and expectations. The knowledge element of RBPS primarily focuses on information that can easily be recorded in documents, such as (1) written technical documents and specifications, (2)...

Project 294: Business Case for Cyber Security for Process Safety

This project will produce a concept book that describes the case for the application of cyber security principals for process safety. Chemical manufacturing relies on a number of Safety, Controls, Alarms, and Interlocks (SCAI) to manage process hazards. A cyber-attack can compromise one or more of these protection layers causing an incident while simultaneously defeating protective and mitigative measures.

Project 295: Assessment of and Planning for Natural Hazards

CCPS published the 2 nd edition of the Pamphlet addressing natural disasters, soon after Hurricane Sandy. There have been several other severe weather events that have impacted process safety. The body of knowledge created since Sandy has grown sufficiently to necessitate taking another look at and update the pamphlet and also expand the scope to include learnings from such incidents, including hurricane Harvey. The new edition will also address guidance and recommendations provided by CSB, insurance industry, and a variety of other sources both US based and outside.