Compliance with Standards

Identifying and addressing relevant process safety standards, codes, regulations, and laws over the life of a process is one of the five elements in the RBPS pillar of committing to process safety.  Resources in this section describe processes for maintaining adherence to applicable standards, codes, regulations, and laws (standards), the attributes of a standards system, and the steps an organization might take to implement the standards element.  Start with reading an Introduction to Compliance with Standards, then explore resources like the Process Safety and Risk Management of Chemical Parks and more below.

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,...

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@...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

Evaluation of Dispersion Models for LNG Siting Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
The federal safety standards for LNG facilities under 49 CFR Part 193 approves the use of specific dispersion models for performing vapor-gas...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

Process safety status in China

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Process safety status in China

Tutorial on Combustible Dust

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Recent catastrophic dust explosions, the combustible dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), and OSHA proposed rulemaking, have increased awareness of...

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...

Opportunities and Challenges for Advanced Biofuel Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Biofuels have been criticized for leading to rise in food costs. Advanced biofuels steer clear of this controversy as they are produced mostly from...

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...

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...

The Benefits of a Risk-Based Approach to Facility Siting

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Facility Siting has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, and is an important aspect of process safety for plant personnel and their...

Maintain Safety Excellence in Laboratory Test Facilities

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Our laboratory contains calorimeters to characterize reactive chemical hazards and multiple different instruments to characterize both dust and gas/...

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...

Leveraging PSM to Implement Key Elements of a SIS Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61511 standard, “Functional Safety – Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector...

The US Chemical Safety Board and Inherently Safer Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The United State (US) Chemical Safety Board (CSB) was created by the same legislation that mandated the regulation of high hazard industries by the...

An Update on OSHA's PSM National Emphasis Programs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
Since 2007, OSHA has initiated two major National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) in process safety. The Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management NEP (...

PSM Auditing Dilemmas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 13, 2011
In most PSM audits, the audit team will face one or more situations that represent a dilemma. These dilemmas usually require the individual auditor...

Challenges in Hosting an NEP Inspection

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
An NEP inspection can be very resource intensive; OSHA has received over well over 10,000 pages of documentation at one refinery during an NEP...

OSHA Chemical NEP Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
This presentation will provide additional time for the session speakers to discuss additional aspects of the OSHA Chemical National Emphasis Program...

OSHA Refinery and Chemical NEP Findings

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
Since 2007, OSHA has initiated two major National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) in process safety. The Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management NEP (...

Preparing for the Chemical NEP

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
On July 27, 2009, OSHA issued a National Emphasis Program for the chemical industry (“the Chemical NEP”). Pursuant to the Chemical NEP, OSHA will...

Complying with OSHA's RNEP, CNEP, and VPP RAGAGEP

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
The OSHA Refinery National Emphasis Program (NEP) and OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) PSM Supplement ask specific questions relative to many...

Process Safety Management in the Energy Sector

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
This paper describes experience of application of the principles of process safety management within Centrica plc, an integrated energy company with...

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...

Sponsored Webinar: Making Your HAZOP Study Work for You…In Real Time

Archived Webinar
May 3, 2017
Too often, a HAZOP study, despite the investment of human and financial capital, becomes a stand-alone document, securely archived for regulatory purposes. Many disparate processes or in fact even a lack of processes, related to study follow-up activities may not give you the insight you need into...

The Facility Siting Cycle (Revalidation)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Facility siting is an assessment of occupied buildings given potential explosion, fire, and toxic hazards. As stated in 29 CFR Part 1910, it is...

Sponsored Webinar: The Importance of Operating Procedures

Archived Webinar
Feb 22, 2017
Could your facility be under-utilizing your operating procedures? Find out how to use them beyond day-to-day operations. This 60-minute sponsored webinar starts off by looking at why operating procedures are essential to your safety and efficiency, OSHA requirements related to their content and...

Sponsored Webinar: Managing the Lifecycle of Independent Protection Layers

Archived Webinar
Oct 26, 2016
Learn how managing the entire lifecycle of Independent Protection Layers will ensure effectiveness, auditability and independence. This Provenance Consulting-sponsored webinar reviews the current standards and industry practices for IPL management and how to assess the effectiveness of their...

Sponsored Webinar: Combustible Dust - What you should know about NFPA 652

Archived Webinar
Mar 23, 2016
In this ioKinetic sponsored webinar, you’ll gain an overview of NFPA 652 and how it provides basic principles and minimum requirements to manage fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards of combustible dusts. We’ll compare and contrast NFPA 652 with the legacy NFPA standards—including NFPA 654, 61,...

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 discussing the difficulties of predicting them. You’ll learn that once black swan events occur,...

Sponsored Webinar: How PSM Programs of the Past Should Shape a Better PSM Future

Archived Webinar
Oct 28, 2015
Process Safety Management has been the “law of the land” in the U.S. for over 20 years, and while it may be perceived differently by different parts of your organization, one aspect is almost universally agreed on: If we had to do it over again, we would approach implementation and practice of PSM...

Engineering Adventures from Outer Space To Patient Safety And Then Some

Archived Webinar
May 28, 2015
Dr. James P. Bagian will share some of his career experiences, from his diverse "jobs" as astronaut, engineer, doctor, and patient-oriented healthcare delivery expert. Dr. Bagian is a physician and engineer who currently serves as the Director of the Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient...

Sponsored Webinar: Management of Organizational Change

Archived Webinar
Sep 17, 2014
In this webinar, Dr. Hoff shares some of the results of his current research on the topic of Management of Organizational Change (MOOC). Changes in job responsibilities, loss of key personnel, or even changes in shift hours can lead to serious incidents with potentially severe consequences. In most...

Safety in the LNG Value Chain

Archived Webinar
Dec 12, 2012
In this webinar, presenters describe and examine potential LNG (liquefied natural gas) hazards and risk-reduction methods for the LNG value chain ― production and consumption.

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...

Dust Explosion

Archived Webinar
Jun 24, 2009
Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to these incidents and subsequent CSB recommendations, OSHA has introduced a Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) and has greatly increased...

Recommended Industry Process Safety Metrics

Archived Webinar
Feb 13, 2008
The BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel (“Baker Panel”) and US Chemical Safety Board each recommended improved industry-wide process safety metrics in their final reports dealing with the 2005 explosion at the BP Texas City refinery. This has also been a subject of frequent discussions...

Prevention of Combustible Dust Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
This tutorial emphasizes the technical understanding of combustible dust phenomena. It will enable attendees to better understand combustible dust...

Profile: Pursuing Science for the Public Good

December
2016
Profile
For Siddhartha “Sid” Roy, watching the Flint water crisis unfold and listening to the stories of its residents has emphasized the role the public should play in engineering and public health. “If we as engineers have a public-focused mindset, we...

Revitalizing Auditing Practices - One Company's Journey

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Auditing can become a mundane and unsuccessful task when done repeatedly the same way by the same personnel. Auditors can get ‘stuck in a rut’ and...

NFPA Combustible Dust Standards - 2016 Update

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Every year, destructive and deadly dust-related fires and explosions affect a wide range of industries around the globe. In the United States alone,...

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