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Process Safety Beacon Archives

The Process Safety Beacons Archive includes all past Beacons and is available to everyone to download and share. Reproduction for non-commercial, educational purposes is encouraged. However, reproduction for any commercial purpose without express written consent of AIChE is strictly prohibited.

August, 2020 - Where to Check the LFL Before Hot Work?
July, 2020 - Process interruptions: a threat to process safety
June, 2020 - Can a “fail open” valve fail closed?
May, 2020 - May, 2020 - Permitted Work – a special cause
April, 2020 - April, 2020 - A Hidden Chain of Hazards
March, 2020 - March, 2020 - Vacuum Trucks can Catch Fire and Explode!
February, 2020 - February, 2020 - A Small Word with a lot of Power - ASK!!
January, 2020 - January, 2020 - Housekeeping is more than "pretty" - its about safety
December, 2019 - Well-Identified Flying Objects
November, 2019 - What Does That Button Do?
October, 2019 - Sluggish control systems – a warning sign
September, 2019 - Plugged line & equipment – More than a nuisance
August, 2019 - Hidden Hazards!
July, 2019 - Small leak leads to catastrophic failure
June, 2019 - Corrosion under insulation
May, 2019 - Surrounded by warning signs?
April, 2019 - What if that wrong instrument reading is correct?
March, 2019 - Undetected Ball Valve Failure
February, 2019 - Critical safeguards must be kept functional!
January, 2019 - Process Safety Stories
December, 2018 - Common Cause Failures
November, 2018 - Accumulation of small changes leads to an explosion
October, 2018 - Hazardous Energy!
September, 2018 - What if your process is acting differently?
August, 2018 - What if your agitator fails?
July, 2018 - Can overcooling a reactor cause a runaway reaction?
June, 2018 - Safe Work Permits – Understand the Scope of Work
May, 2018 - Aging Process Facilities and Infrastructure
April, 2018 - Maintain a Sense of Vulnerability
March, 2018 - Reporting and Investigating Near Misses
February, 2018 - Runaway Reactions Caused by Contamination
January, 2018 - Could your plant be impacted by a natural disaster?
December, 2017 - Liquefied Gases
November, 2017 - Purged Enclosures in Hazardous Areas
October, 2017 - Are your alarms alarming?
September, 2017 - Haste Makes Waste!
August, 2017 - Vulnerable Piping
July, 2017 - Management of Change
June, 2017 - Incident Investigation of a Steam Pipe Failure
May, 2017 - Corroded Tanks
April, 2017 - Are you sure that vessel is empty?
March, 2017 - …but the temperature was below the flash point!
February, 2017 - Mixing Incompatible Materials in Storage Tanks
January, 2017 - Hazards of High Oxygen Concentration
December, 2016 - Ignition Sources – Once More
November, 2016 - 15 Years of the Process Safety Beacon!
October, 2016 - Process safety in the laboratory
September, 2016 - Can you recognize a change?
August, 2016 - A little static can cause a big fire!
July, 2016 - Understanding chemical compatibility
June, 2016 - Dangerous chemical reactions at home!
May, 2016 - More repeat incidents!
April, 2016 - Plugged flame arrestor causes explosion!
March, 2016 - Safety Device or Control Device?
February, 2016 - Still Overflowing Tanks!
January, 2016 - Hydrate Hazards
December, 2015 - Stop! Look! Listen!
November, 2015 - Wrong hose causes ammonia leak
October, 2015 - Water, water, everywhere...
September, 2015 - Unloading and Loading Hazardous Materials
August, 2015 - Operational Readiness
July, 2015 - Know when to leave!
June, 2015 - Conduct of Operations
May, 2015 - Mechanical Integrity
April, 2015 - Safe Work Practices
March, 2015 - Details Matter in Process Safety!
February, 2015 - Who are all these people?
January, 2015 - What is the Process Risk?
December, 2014 - Bhopal – The Worst Industrial Disaster in History
November, 2014 - Thirty Years Ago – An LPG Tragedy
October, 2014 - Dust Explosions - Clean up this Hazard!
September, 2014 - What is your role in Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis?
August, 2014 - Ignition Sources
July, 2014 - Persistence – Good or Bad?
June, 2014 - A Safety Device Gone Wrong!
May, 2014 - Major Spills and Environmental Incidents
April, 2014 - How do you measure process safety performance?
March, 2014 - Don’t forget about occupational safety!
February, 2014 - Are we reliving past incidents?
January, 2014 - Corrosion Under Insulation
December, 2013 - Hazards of strong oxidizers
November, 2013 - Holiday Operations
October, 2013 - Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Areas
September, 2013 - Air Power!
August, 2013 - Can a Water Pump Explode?
July, 2013 - Remembering Piper Alpha
June, 2013 - Why Can't I Open That Valve?
May, 2013 - Pressure relief valve bonnets - to plug or not to plug?
April, 2013 - Have you heard a pressure relief valve chatter?
March, 2013 - Are your signs and labels confusing?
February, 2013 - What is supporting your equipment?
January, 2013 - Some Answers to the November 2012 Beacon “Find the Problem” Contest
December, 2012 - Good Housekeeping for Safety!
November, 2012 - Can you find the safety problem?
October, 2012 - Manage Temporary Changes!
September, 2012 - What can I do? I'm just the operator!
August, 2012 - Hot work Hazards
July, 2012 - Emergency Preparation – The Titanic Disaster
June, 2012 - Nitrogen - Hazard and Safeguard
May, 2012 - Mechanical Integrity of Tubing
April, 2012 - What if you unload the wrong material into a tank?
March, 2012 - Double Block and Bleed
February, 2012 - Mechanical Integrity – The Bolts Are Too Short!
January, 2012 - What happens when the lights go out?