Operational Readiness

Ensuring the safe startup of processes over the life of a facility is one of nine elements in the RBPS pillar of managing risk.  This chapter describes the management practices for performing pre-startup reviews of (1) new processes, (2) processes that have been shut down for modification, and (3) processes that have been administratively shut down for other reasons. Introduction on Opertional Readiness.

For more in-depth information regarding managing risk, read CCPS' Guidelines concept books.

Pre-Start Up Safety Review

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
This live presentation explores the role and importance of PSSR, the many challenges industries face when performing PSSR and various mitigation paths.

How Damage Mechanism Reviews Impact Operations

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm EDT
Damage Mechanism Reviews (DMR) are becoming the first step for most companies looking to implement a risk-based inspection (RBI) program in response to the API acknowledging the validity of RBI...

Analysis of Risk Due to Compound Extreme Events

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2019
Extreme weather events often include compound, connected events that individually amplify the impacts to process safety in the industrial sector...

Is your PSM Program Effectively Implemented?

Archived Webinar
May 15, 2019
Does your Process Safety Management (PSM) program have flaws and gaps? This 60-minute webinar will focus on improving overall PSM effectiveness.

Essentials of PRV Stability

Archived Webinar
Sep 13, 2017
Could undetected pressure relief valve (PRV) installation instability be putting your facility at risk? Join this webinar to find out. In this 60-minute ioMosaic sponsored webinar, gain a better...

Practical Compliance with the EPA Risk Management Program: A CCPS Concept Book

July, 2009
At last, smaller chemical processing operations have truly easy access to process safety and risk management programs tailored to meet their needs. Written as a "how to" book with checklists, it offers sufficient information for managers of facilities with small chemical operations to implement a...

Avoiding Static Ignition Hazards in Chemical Operations

September, 1999
Written by Laurence Britton, who has over 20 years' experience in the fields of static ignition and process fire and explosion hazards research, this resource addresses an area not extensively covered in process safety standards or literature: understanding and reducing potential hazards associated...

Functional Safety Practices for Operations & Maintenance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
Operation and maintenance teams bear a heavy responsibility to assure that the Safety Instrumented System (SIS) integrity and reliability is...

Prevent the Next Catastrophe

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
With the increasing complex manufacturing processes and environmental regulations, and the challenges to retaining knowledge from retiring employees...

Vapor Cloud Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
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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...

Cracking Furnace Line Flushing Pre-Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
The abundance of low cost shale gas has led to numerous projects in North America to expand existing or construct new ethylene production units. Most...

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...

The Four Pillars of Industrial Energy Efficiency

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2015
Opportunities to improve plant performance and thus enhance energy efficiency across the CPI fall into four main categories: operational improvements...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Improve Furnace Availability and Control Downtime

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
In 2008, Ethylene Producer's Committee sponsored a worldwide furnace maintenance survey among ethylene producers. Out of the 67 respondents, over 70...

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...

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...

The Role Of Sequential Automation In Improving Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
The ISA106 Committee has released the first technical report for this standard dealing with Sequential Automation for Continuous Process Operations (...

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...

Chemical Explosion Isolation For Small Contained Vessels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Particle size reduction equipment are used in many branches of the process industries, such as food, chemical, pharmaceutical and energy. According...

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...

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