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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...

Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)

CCPS was established in 1985 to focus on engineering and management practices that can prevent and mitigate catastrophic accidents involving release of hazardous materials. CCPS is supported by sponsors in the chemical and hydrocarbon process industries and active worldwide via conferences, books, databases, education, research, and more.

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...

Flare Emissions Regulatory Update

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 8:00am-11:30am
ABSTRACT “Flare Emissions Regulatory Update” by Kevin Leary, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion Several new regulations have been recently published by...

Safety Instrumented Systems Design & Lifecycle Fundamentals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 2:00pm-5:00pm
It has been identified that 44% of recorded accidents involving control systems were due to specification issues. This review will emphasize the...

Modular Software Product Line Approach for Automation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:30pm-5:00pm
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
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 1:30pm-4:45pm
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
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
Ensuring the initial and ongoing integrity of process equipment, including instrumentation and safety systems, has become known as asset integrity...

Dust Explosion Hazards: Housekeeping Quantified

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
DUST-EXPLOSION HAZARDS: HOUSEKEEPING QUANTIFIED Richard W. Prugh, PE, CSP Principal Process Safety Engineer Chilworth Technology, Inc., a Dekra...

Inherently Safer Automation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
The 2 nd edition of CCPS’s Guidelines for Safe Automation of Chemical Processes discusses the application of the inherently safer strategies to...

Improving Human Factors Review in PHA and LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
Human Reliability practitioners utilize a variety of tools in their work that could improve the facilitation of PHA-LOPA related to identifying and...

Beyond Being Proactively Reactive

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
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...

Don't Do What We Did - Stupidity, Luck, and Making Good Choices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
Abstract - Fortunately, the focus on safe behaviors, hazard recognition, and risk management has greatly improved over the past few decades. However...

Are Your Safeguards Fast Enough to Be Effective?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
A number of design pitfalls must be avoided when allocating the process safety time during the specification of instrumented safeguards. A key...

Ten Years of Living Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
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...

How Small of a Cloud We Want to Detect on Our Gas Detectors?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
There is a crucial question that has room for a lot discussions. How small is really small? The idea of this paper is to cover a series of cloud...

Limiting Oxygen Concentration of Hybrid Mixtures

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
An investigation into the limiting oxygen concentration (LOC) of fifteen combustible dusts, one gas, two solvents and their mixtures in the standard...

Oxide Formed in High Temperature Corrosion By Model Naphthenic Acids

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
Naphthenic acid (NAP) refers to the indigenous carboxylic acid in the crude oil. High-temperature NAP corrosion of steel is one of major concerns for...

Ageing Assets in the Process Industry -  an Holistic View

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:00pm-5:00pm
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...

PSM Challenges in an Aging Cyanide Plant

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm-3:00pm
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
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm-3:00pm
A comprehensive asset integrity management (AIM) program is essential to reducing risk of operations to as low as practicable. Risk profiles should...

Effectiveness of Water Sprays in Mitigating Toxic Releases

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm-3:00pm
Chemical manufacturing operations must consider and prepare for release of toxic chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia, anhydrous hydrofluoric acid,...

The Integration of Inherently Safer Design and Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm-3:00pm
Abstract for 2017 AIChE Spring Meeting and 13th Global Congress on Process Safety March 26-30, 2017 San Antonio, TX Session Selection: Â Process...

New Perspectives on Refinery Corrosion and Integrity Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 1:30pm-3:00pm
   “New Perspectives on Refinery Corrosion and Integrity Management”   Kjell Wold Global Business Development Manger - Roxar Flow Assurance...

Prevent the Next Catastrophe

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
With the increasing complex manufacturing processes and environmental regulations, and the challenges to retaining knowledge from retiring employees...

Real World Applications of API 753

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
The first edition of American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommend Practice (RP) 753 - Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant...

and Now for Something Completely Different

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
Process safety management systems are generally credited with reducing major accident risk in the process industries. While those systems have been...

Study on On-Line Monitoring Technology of Oil Tank Grounding

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
Abstract: after completion of tank construction, the change of grounding system will be out of people’s sight. The soil resistance will be changed...

Supervisors and Mid-Managers at the Center of Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
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...

“Getting More Out of Your PHAs with Data Analytics”

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) studies are required to identify process and operations risks for process plants. PHAs enable management and process...

Addressing Process Safety Challenges in Batch Tolling

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 10:15am-11:45am
AIChE CCPS 13 th GCPS Abstract Submission Brenda Seggerman EHS Engineer, Hydrite Chemical Co. Batch operations play a significant role in the...

Offshore Units Safety Management Systems Analysis: Sgso x SEMS II

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
Industry has been increasingly demanded regarding safety. Its challenge is to keep its continuity in a horizon of growing operations and external...

Uncertain about Uncertainty

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
Key Words: Understand Hazard & Risk, Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis, Define probability; Subjective probability Abstract: It is well-...

Optimization for Flare Operation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
Abstract Flare operation is a challenging task since the flowrate, net heating value, composition of the vent gas and weather conditions vary...

Inherently Safer Piping – Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
Abstract This paper presents lesser known items in the upstream and midstream industries important to piping stress and overpressure protection...

The Facility Siting Cycle (Revalidation)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
Facility siting is an assessment of occupied buildings given potential explosion, fire, and toxic hazards. As stated in 29 CFR Part 1910, it is...

A Look into Cumulative Risk Assessment: Past, Present and Future

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 8:00am-9:30am
A Look into Cumulative Risk Assessment: Past, Present and Future S. Zohra Halim, Yogesh Koirala and M. Sam Mannan Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety...

Human Error. a Myth Eclipsing Real Causes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
Abstract Human Error. A myth eclipsing real causes For years the professionals involved in the investigation of industrial accidents have identified...

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

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
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...

The Nature of Ammonium Nitrate Decomposition and Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
Ammonium nitrate explosions can cause significant destruction as shown with examples in West, Texas (2013) and Tianjin, China (2015). Yet, ammonium...

Elongated VCE Blast Waves and Structural Damage

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
Elongated congested volumes are common at chemical processing and petroleum refining facilities due to the arrangement of processing units, but there...

Major Accidents: Managing the First 96 Hours

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 3:30pm-5:00pm
Effectively responding to a major accident requires a prompt, sure-footed approach; especially with criminal prosecutions for endangerment and...

Benefits of Novel Cooling Water Chemicals on Refinery Economics

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 1:30pm-3:00pm
Some 35 years ago phosphate and zinc based programs emerged as the cooling water treatment technology of choice when the industry was strongly...

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