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.

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...

Social HAZOP At Oil Refine Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Introduction Maintenance of process safety in the industry several tools are used such as Risk Analysis, Failure mode and events Analysis (FMEA), a...

Are Your Credits Worthy?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Chemical and petrochemical manufacturing processes can be subject to high consequence, low frequency events. Process Safety Management programs are...

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...

Elements of Human Factors Missing from Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
Process safety is about controlling risk of failures and errors; controlling risk is primarily about reducing the risk of human error. All elements...

Stability Analysis of Safety Valve

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
The stability for a safety valve was investigated by experiments and analysis. It was found that the dynamic instability was caused by the...

Preparing for OSHA's Chemical NEP Inspections

Archived Webinar
Oct 15, 2009
This informative webinar provides an overview of OSHA's Chemical NEP, and outlines recommended proactive measures to prepare for Chemical NEP inspection. This information will assist you in making your facilities safer and in reducing your potential OSHA liability. These proactive measures focus on...

Managing Organizational Change

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
Management of Change has long been recognized as a fundamental cornerstone of a process safety program. Through the years, most companies have...

Mechanical Integrity - State of the Art

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2009
This session presents papers on the latest mechanical integrity concepts, practices and programs. All aspects of mechanical integrity are covered,...

Implementing PSM Globally

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
In the last several years there have been numerous changes in technical and analytical methods, process safety management systems, regulations,...

Global Congress On Process Safety Opening Keynote Address

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
Introduction to the 5th Global Congress on Process Safety ·<span style="&'font:" 7pt="" 'times="" new="" roman';&'=""> Concluding...

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...

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...

Human Performance Training

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 13, 2011
Operator competency has been a major challenge for the petrochemical and refining industry for decades. In recent times, human factors are believed...

Guidelines for Defining Process Safety Competency Requirements

October, 2015
This Guideline presents the framework of process safety knowledge and expertise versus the desired competency level in a “super-matrix” format, vertically and diagonally. The matrix references for potential remedies/required training may be tailored to a company’s internally developed training,...

Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs in the Process Industries

November, 2011
This book provides guidance on characterizing, recognizing, and responding to warning signs to help avoid process incidents and injuries before they occur. The guidance can be used by both process safety management (PSM) professionals in evaluating their processes and PSM systems as well as for...

Becoming a Great Process Safety Leader

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Leaders play a critical role in catastrophic event prevention through their effect on culture. At least one cultural factor was a root cause...

Engaging Employees in Catastrophic Event Prevention

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Implementing an effective process safety system goes beyond documented policies and procedures. It requires behavioral reliability in its execution...

A Prudent Approach to Revalidating Process Hazard Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
The Chemical Process Industry (CPI) has long recognized the necessity of periodically revalidating Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), such as Hazard and...

Real-Time Risk Assessment and Decision Support

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Managers and operators of major hazard facilities make complex decisions in hazardous situations as a part of their daily work activity. These...

Process Safety - A Value Not Just a Priority

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Process Safety in any Organisation will only be efficient when its Safety culture allows. If Process Safety Management (PSM) efforts are subjected to...

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