Process Safety Competency

Developing, sustaining, and enhancing the organization’s process safety competency is one of five elements in the RBPS pillar of committing to process safety. Resources in this section relate to what process safety competency means, the attributes of process safety competency, and how organizations might enhance their own competency. Start by reading an Introduction to Process Safety Competency and then explore the resources listed below.

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Bhopal 30 Years Later

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
On the early morning of December 3rd 1984 a large release of methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas occurred in a pesticide production plant located in Bhopal,...

Planning Early for Compressor Surge Avoidance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Compressor stations are installed at regular interval to drive the flow of gas in a pipeline. The principal component of the compressor station is...

Chemical Incompatibility Matrices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2015
Chemical Incompatibility Matrices Michelle R. Murphy and Surendra K. Singh ioKinetic, LLC 95 Stiles Road, Salem, New Hampshire 03079, USA murphy@...

Refinery Power Outages-Caues, Costs & Solutions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Unplanned refinery shutdowns hit company earnings two ways: lost production and potential liabilities for excess flaring and unsafe operations. In...

Mercury Removal in Ethylene Plants: An Update and a Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Ethylene producers have faced the challenge of feedstock contaminants for decades. Mercury is one of the contaminants often present in ethylene plant...

Case Study on SMALL-Scale LNG Facility Expansion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
With the influx of natural gas production throughout the United States, the small-scale LNG market is growing at a rapid pace. One option to take...

Robotic Convection Bank Cleaning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Ethylene cracking heaters like other box fired heaters in the refining and petrochemical industry represent a significant investment in a plant...

Developing Credible Scenarios for a PHA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
OSHA’s Compliance Guidelines and Recommendations for the PSM Standard states “A PHA is an organized and systematic effort to identify and analyze the...

Huaa...When Local Learning and Casual Sharing Is Not Enough

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
As a consequence of the Deepwater Horizon blowout and explosion, Bhopal and Piper Alpha, we have the PSM standard and SEMS rule. This helps ensure...

Toxicity-Hazard Index and the "Infinite Point"

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
TOXICITY-HAZARD INDEX AND THE “INFINITE POINT” Richard W. Prugh, Principal Process Safety Engineer Chilworth Technology, Inc., a Dekra Company 113...

Consequence Modeling of Dynamic Source Terms

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
While several dispersion modeling tools provide modeling tools for static situations, it is challenging to model conditions when there are several...

Modelling Liquid Fuel Cascades with Open Foam

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Modelling Liquid Fuel Cascades with OpenFoam M. Macchi1, J.X. Wen2*, K. Volkov1 and Y. Chung2 1Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies, Kingston...

Auditing Relief Systems Design Basis - Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
Auditing Relief Systems Design Basis - Best Practices Ever since OSHA implemented their National Emphasis Program in 2007, facility’s pressure relief...

CFD Modeling of LNG Spreading and Atmospheric Dispersion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
LNG release, spreading and vaporization lead to the formation of a flammable vapor cloud with high VCE risk. NFPA 59A Standard for the Production,...

CFD Modeling of Large Scale LNG Pool Fires

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
The computational fluid dynamics modeling tool FLACS has been widely used for detailed consequence modeling of flamable vapor dispersion and vapor...

Understanding Gas Blowby Scenario Calculations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Gas blowby overpressure scenarios are routinely identified when analyzing vessels with liquid-level inlet control valves. Blowby can occur when this...

Eli Lilly PSM Implementation Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Eli Lilly and Company (a global pharmaceutical firm) undertook an initiative to implement a Process Safety Management Program Globally at...

Use PFFM Instead of Hazop

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
While accepted world-wide as being the standard for process hazard analysis for many years, the HazOp review technique is cumbersome. This drives the...

Auto Refrigeration and Metal Embrittlement

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Abstract AIChE Housten Conference April 1-4 2012 Loss Of Containment Protection Auto Refrigeration and Metal Embrittlement Tys Koerts Sr. Process...

Critical Alarm Management : Connecting the Dots

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
In the aftermath of some high profile national security incidents, investigations starting with the catastrophe or near miss and working backwards...

Process Safety - Management or Leadership?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Process Safety Management is often presented as technically complex, requiring a large staff of engineers and specialists with an array of tools and...

Safety Management System Challenges for Small Companies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Ester Brawley, Steve Maher “Unique Challenges Facing Small Companies Developing and Implementing PSM” Small Companies that are subject to PSM face...

An Introduction to Assessing Process Hazards

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
A surprising number of process incidents occur due to a lack of general understanding of process hazards and lack of basic hazards assessment,...

Why Smaller Companies Struggle with Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Proposed title: Why smaller companies struggle with Process Safety Author: John Herber, Principal Consultant, Process Hazard Management Services, LLC...

Process Safety Management Training for New Engineers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Abstracts Project: PSM training for new Engineer Presenter: Name VIGNALE, Alberto Eduardo Telephone +54-3487-444372 e-mail alberto.e.vignale@monsanto...

Process Safety Regulations - Blessing or Curse?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Are Process Safety / Risk Management regulations a blessing or a curse? The answer of course is “it depends.” There is little doubt that Process...

Implementation of a Highly Toxic Materials Management Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Process Safety Management (PSM) is defined as the application of management systems and controls (programs, procedures, audits, evaluations) to a...

Safety System Impairments and the Need to Manage Peak Risk

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The catastrophic incident which occurred at Bhopal is often referenced with respect to inherent safety issues. Did intermediate chemicals need to be...

Human Factors and Their Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Weak control of human factors leads directly to error. An error can result in an initiating event of an accident sequence (directly by the mistake...

Improving the Performance of Established PSM Programs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Many facilities have now implemented and maintained PSM programs for 20 years or more, but these facilities continue to have sometimes serious...

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