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Metrics provide direct feedbacks on the workings of RBPS systems, and leading indicators provide early warning signals of ineffective process safety results. Organizations must use their mistakes and those of others as motivation for action and view as opportunities for improvement.

Relief Systems Design: Simplifying Assumptions Gone Wrong

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
The process of evaluating an entire facility’s relief and flare systems design can be extremely time consuming and costly. In most cases, simplifying...

Impact of DDT on FPSO Explosion Risk Assessment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
In recent explosion accidents on onshore petrochemical facilities, it has been concluded that a deflagration-to-detonation-transition (DDT) took...

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...

Walk the Line

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Walk the Line Jerry Forest Global Process Safety Manager Celanese 225 E. John Carpenter Freeway Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75234 (214) 417-1920 Jerry...

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...

Hurricane Ike Recovery - Electrical & Instrument Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
On September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike struck the Texas-Louisiana Coast causing severe damage to local chemical plant facilities and communities. This...

Risk Adverse or Risk Ad Nauseam

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
The use of risk management techniques and tools has become more common place in the past few decades, but have we really learned how to use them...

Are Unconfined Hydrogen Vapor Cloud Explosions Credible?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

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...

Steam Trap Maintenance and Design for Energy Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Steam availability is a key resource and constraint in an ethylene plant and where turbines are used for energy optimization. A steam leak and steam...

CO2 BACT Preparation and Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
ABSTRACT AIChE 2014 SPRING CONFERENCE – ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER SOLUTIONS SESSION AUTHORS Joseph W. Guida, PE – Director, Process Technology and...

The Path to New Technology Commercialization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
For process developers, the commercialization of new process technology in the Hydrocarbon Processing Industries (HPI) is a difficult and almost...

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...

Unknown Aspects of Metal Dust Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Dust explosions hazards have been addressed in a number of standards and guidelines aiming at supporting industry to work safely (including NFPA 61,...

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...

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...

Safety Research on Methanol-to-Olefins Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
This paper introduces the present situation of methanol to olefin (MTO) process in China, Analyzed the safety technical requirement based on the...

Lightning Warning Techniques for Risk Mitigation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Lightning can pose a threat to numerous processes associated with the production and handling of energetic materials and materials that may produce...

C2 Splitter Retray and Control Improvement

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
As part of an ethylene production expansion project, C2 splitter trays were restructured in the plant’s turnaround in 2012. This change made a...

How to Influence the Organization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Process Safety professionals are typically not in the line management organization. Instead, they serve as engineering team members, corporate staff...

Auditing IPLs -- Using Safety Critical Functions Manuals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
The three criteria for an independent layer of protection (IPL) are effectiveness, independence, and auditability. The effectiveness and independence...

Recent Development in Natural Gas Liquefaction Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
The LNG industry is an ever-changing industry where we face new challenges and solve new problems every day. The shale gas boom, the search of off-...

Leading LOPA Forward: A CCPS Evergreen LOPA Database

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
With the publication of Guidelines for Enabling Conditions and Conditional Modifiers in Layer of Protection Analysis (2013), Guidelines for...

Infiltration Hazards for Building Siting Studies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
While facility siting studies have been a requirement for many years, specifically for facilities that must comply with OSHA’s PSM program, only...

Developments in EPA's Ethylene Standard

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
It has been more than 10 years since the finalization of EPA’s Ethylene Production rules that regulate hazardous air pollutants at ethylene...

Lessons Learned From Fire in Air Supply Ducts

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
ABSTRACT Submitted for consideration to the 47 th LPS on Oct 31, 2012 Title: Lessons Learned from Fire in Air Supply Ducts Primary author: Al Waller...

Blacks Swans, White Swans and Fifty Shades of Grey

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Last year at the Global Congress for Process Safety we presented a paper entitled, “Beware of the Black Swan: The Limitations of Risk Analysis for...

Effect of Flammable Cloud Treatment On Predicted Blast Loads

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Effect of Flammable Cloud Treatment on Predicted Blast Loads J. Kelly Thomas and Jihui Geng Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants 3330 Oakwell Court...

Operational Discipline: Panacea for Performance?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Over the last few years, many companies have had an increased focus on implementing or upgrading programs to improve operational discipline (OD) in...

Beyond the 2 Million Safe Hours

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
ABSTRACT In September 2012, WorleyParsons Arctic Business Unit, part of WorleyParsons Western Operations in Southern California, celebrated...

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