Process Safety Culture

On February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, killing all seven crewmembers aboard. After extensive investigation, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB) concluded that the organizational safety culture gaps contributed significantly to this loss. Upon review of The CAIB report, the CCPS Technical Steering Committee concluded that the same cultural factors that impacted NASA could also impact on the chemical and petroleumn industries. CCPS invites chemical, petroleum, and other companies to use these materials to evaluate their company's process safety culture and to develop improvement strategies. Learn more by reading the Introduction to Process Safety Culture.

Developing, sustaining, and enhancing the organization's process safety culture is one of elements in the RBPS pillar of committing to process safety. CCPS members invite you to start the journey by reviewing the Building Process Safety Culture Tool Kit and then explore resources listed below to understand the attributes of a sound culture, and how your organization might begin to enhance its own culture.

Process Safety Boot Camp

Face-to-Face Course
Offered in North America, this intensive and highly interactive 4-day course trains chemical engineers in the fundamentals of Process Safety. Taught...

Foundations of Process Safety

Face-to-Face Course
Offered outside of North America, this intensive and highly interactive 4-day course trains chemical engineers in the fundamentals of process safety...

OSHA Process Safety Management Review

eLearning (online) Course
Take this fundamental course and gain an introduction to Process Safety Management. In just two short hours, you’ll learn how and when to apply the...

Ten Years of Living Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Ten Years of Living Risk Based Process Safety CCPS published Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety in March 20007. We were the primary authors of...

Human Error. a Myth Eclipsing Real Causes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Abstract Human Error. A myth eclipsing real causes For years the professionals involved in the investigation of industrial accidents have identified...

Sustainable Productivity and Zero Harm in Practice

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
With each passing generation, the world seems to become a better place to live in. What seemed to be an unimaginable goal/impossible task yesterday,...

A Career in Process Safety: 50 Years of LPS

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 11, 2016
Drawing from a career from 1962 through 2016 in the chemical and process industries, this paper will describe some informal practices of process...

Black Swans in the Chemical Processing Industries

Archived Webinar
Mar 16, 2016
Catastrophic events continue to happen in the chemical processing industries. Learn how to protect yourself against “black swan” occurrences. This webinar presents examples of black swan events while...

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...

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...

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...

2014 Conference Keynote

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 9, 2014
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Perspectives on Ragagep

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice or RAGAGEP is a fundamental building block of OSHA's PSM standard. OSHA has announced...

Engaging Senior Management In Process Safety: A Case History

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Traditional PowerPoint style presentations are good for transferring information but were not found to be an effective medium for engaging senior...

Compliance: The Necessary Evil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Compliance: The Necessary Evil Compliance is not optional. Where process safety regulations are in place and enforced, failure to comply puts one’s...

Process Safety Culture - Making This a Reality

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
There is a lot of attention on Process Safety Culture. Many implementers see this as an intangible attribute of a company or site. Others see this as...

Mechanical Integrity 101 for Process Safety Professionals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
This paper prepares you to evaluate your existing practices versus recognized codes and standards and then to efficiently improve or develop and...

What do a Trash Disposal Site and a Refinery Share in Common

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
These facts are true about refineries – They are always short of hydrogen They are considered by the local community as a toxic site to be controlled...

Typical Elements of Process Safety Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
This paper will present a suggestion of key elements that will provide grants for companies to develop their process safety management system, which...

"All in" Means "All the Time"

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Process safety must be the responsibility of all technical and operations personnel. As such, this responsibility is not limited to attendance at PHA...

Technology Qualification - Two Subsea Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
A project that deploys new technologies needs to be confident that the technology can be implemented successfully and will perform reliably as...

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