Elements of Process Safety

The four pillars and the twenty elements of risk based process safety can be designed and implemented at varying levels of rigor to optimize process safety management, performance, efficiency, and effectiveness.

Is It Really an Independent Protection Layer?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a simplified chemical process risk assessment tool that is used to determine if sufficient independent...

Lifecycle Physical Hazards of Polystyrene Foam Board

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Polymer Foam Boards have been widely used for individual home and general building, from roofs and/or walls down to foundation, for example. On the...

Consistent Consequence Severity Estimation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
LOPA, as a semi-quantitative analysis, often provides inconsistent results. This can be due to physical differences between units but often it is due...

LOPA and Human Reliability – Human Errors and Human IPLs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a simplified risk assessment method that provides an order of magnitude estimate of the risk of a potential...

Assessing the Burning Rate of Solid Oxidizers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
A method for assigning solid oxidizers and products containing oxidizers to an NFPA Class was developed. The method consists of two reaction-to-fire...

Instrumented Protective Systems for Distillation Operations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Distillation is one of the most common unit operations in the chemical processing industry. Using relative volatility as a means of separating...

LOPA – Going Down the Wrong Path

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) has quickly gained acceptance in the Chemical Processing Industries (CPI), and has risen to be one of the leading...

Overview of Risk Based Process Safety

Public (classroom) Course
Special 1-day Version Special 1-day version of this course is being offered at the 4th CCPS Global Summit on Process Safety. For more information,...

Sponsored Webinar: Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA): When and Where?

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 2:00pm-3:30pm
When is the best time to do Layer of Protection Analysis? Take this webinar to assess your options. In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn many facilitators have a preference about when to do LOPA - during the PHA/HAZOP, at the end of the PHA/HAZOP or independently of the PHA/HAZOP. You’ll...

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...

Process Safety Boot Camp

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

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...

Guidelines for Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis

May, 2017
This book describes how to conduct Process Hazard Assessments (PHAs) for processes handling combustible solids. The book explains how to do a dust hazard assessment by using either an approach based on compliance with existing consensus standards, or by using a risk based approach. Worked examples...

Modular Software Product Line Approach for Automation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
This paper examines the advantages of utilizing a Software Product Line type of approach with modular code structures to process automation...

Produced Water Tank Explosion Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Produced Water Tank Explosion Case Study J. Kelly Thomas, Ph.D. Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants 3330 Oakwell Court, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX...

New Guidelines for Managing Asset (Mechanical) Integrity

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Ensuring the initial and ongoing integrity of process equipment, including instrumentation and safety systems, has become known as asset integrity...

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...

Are Your Safeguards Fast Enough to Be Effective?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
A number of design pitfalls must be avoided when allocating the process safety time during the specification of instrumented safeguards. A key...

Beyond Being Proactively Reactive

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
In the last 20 years, Industry has made great strides in utilizing tools to manage the day-to-day business of equipment failure in order to minimize...

Ageing Assets in the Process Industry -  an Holistic View

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Introduction: Ageing is something natural. Everything is ageing including us as human beings. When we get older we will visit a doctor more often, we...

New Perspectives on Refinery Corrosion and Integrity Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
   “New Perspectives on Refinery Corrosion and Integrity Management”   Kjell Wold Global Business Development Manger - Roxar Flow Assurance...

PSM Challenges in an Aging Cyanide Plant

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
A 40-year old hydrogen cyanide (HCN) plant is examined as a case study. The plant is approximately 90% PSM-covered, predates PSM by over a decade,...

Managing Risk through Integrity Operating Windows

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
A comprehensive asset integrity management (AIM) program is essential to reducing risk of operations to as low as practicable. Risk profiles should...

Supervisors and Mid-Managers at the Center of Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Supervisors and Mid-Managers at the Center of Safety We believe no one has more power to improve safety than our supervisors and mid-managers. Our...

Addressing Process Safety Challenges in Batch Tolling

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
AIChE CCPS 13 th GCPS Abstract Submission Brenda Seggerman EHS Engineer, Hydrite Chemical Co. Batch operations play a significant role in the...

Uncertain about Uncertainty

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Key Words: Understand Hazard & Risk, Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis, Define probability; Subjective probability Abstract: It is well-...

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...

Inherently Safer Piping – Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract This paper presents lesser known items in the upstream and midstream industries important to piping stress and overpressure protection...

Optimization for Flare Operation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract Flare operation is a challenging task since the flowrate, net heating value, composition of the vent gas and weather conditions vary...

Major Accidents: Managing the First 96 Hours

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Effectively responding to a major accident requires a prompt, sure-footed approach; especially with criminal prosecutions for endangerment and...

The Nature of Ammonium Nitrate Decomposition and Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Ammonium nitrate explosions can cause significant destruction as shown with examples in West, Texas (2013) and Tianjin, China (2015). Yet, ammonium...

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...

Elongated VCE Blast Waves and Structural Damage

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Elongated congested volumes are common at chemical processing and petroleum refining facilities due to the arrangement of processing units, but there...

LOPA: Ventajas De La Buena gestión De Las Capas De protección

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
LOPA: Ventajas de la buena gestión de las capas de protección Ana María Macías Juárez, MBA, MPICP MAJA Consulting Group, S.A. de C.V. Habaneras...

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