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Safe design of processes must consider the full spectrum of design and risk management opportunities ranging from reducing potential consequences via Inherently Safer Design (ISD) to reducing risk through process and job design. Since ISD can be robust and reliable, it is a good place to start. Also, check out this article on Remote Isolation and Shut Off

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...

Guidelines for Pressure Relief and Effluent Handling Systems

March, 1998
Current industry, government and public emphasis on containment of hazardous materials makes it essential for each plant to reduce and control accidental releases to the atmosphere. Guidelines for Pressure Relief and Effluent Handling Systems meets the need for information on selecting and sizing...

Electrostatic Ignitions of Fires and Explosions

July, 1997
Tom Pratt, a long-time process safety practitioner and lecturer in electrostatic safety, wrote this book to educate industry in the basics of electrostatics. It offers a selected collection of information designed to give readers the tools they need to examine the hazard potential of common...

Guidelines for Safe Storage and Handling of Reactive Materials

September, 1995
With new and growing interest in dealing with the hazards of reactive chemicals, this book offers guidelines that can significantly reduce the risk or mitigate the severity of accidents associated with storing and handling reactive materials. Necessary elements of a reliable system to prevent...

Understanding IPL Boundaries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
Layer of protection analysis (LOPA) is a simplified risk assessment tool that has been in use for almost three decades. The technique has improved...

Relief and Flare System Design Mitigation Options

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Any modifications to existing Pressure Relief and Flare Systems are typically costly in terms of capital, manpower, and outage. It is therefore...

Properly Size Two-Phase PRV - Easier Than API 520 HDI Method

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
API 520 Part I (9 th edition) selected three (3) methods to size two-phase PRV. One of them is the HDI (Homogeneous Direct Integration) method...

Good Engineering Practice in Protecting Low-Pressure Tanks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
It is more than three years since the last edition of API 2000 was empowered and almost ten years since ISO 28300 became worldwide recognized...

Inherently Safer Design

Face-to-Face Course
Get up-to-date on a fundamentally different approach to safety in the manufacture and use of chemicals. In one day, you’ll learn about inherently...

Management of Change: What You Should Know

Archived Webinar
Mar 1, 2017
Could your Management of Change (MOC) program stand some improvement? You’re not alone. Most programs in the process industries could. Learn how to fill gaps in your MOC program attributed to a lack...

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...

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...

Effectiveness of Water Sprays in Mitigating Toxic Releases

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

“Getting More Out of Your PHAs with Data Analytics”

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

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...

Forge Bonding: A Safer Metal Joining Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
When planning in-service repairs or enhancements that involve the joining of metals; sparks, flames and even elevated temperatures are a concern for...

Fire Safety with High Energy Density Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 20, 2014
As high energy density battery technology develops to meet the rapidly increasing demands of consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and grid level...

Keys to Avoid Making a Dog's Breakfast out of Your MOC System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
When thinking about MOCs on a case by case basis it is easy to forget the overall role of a change management system. Think of MOC as a security...

Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Furnace Burner Management Practices within Nova Canada The focus of this paper will be on the cracking heaters at the NOVA Chemicals Corunna site,...

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...

QRA Method for Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Filling Stations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
Summary This paper describes a method to calculate risks generated by liquefied natural gas (LNG) filling stations for road trucks. An increasing...

Sound Alarm Management Improves Safety and Profitability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
At the core of ethylene manufacturing, plant operators play a critical role in maintaining safe, sustainable and profitable production. For nearly...

Development of Heat Exchangers for Use As Replacement Plates

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2013
Development of Heat Exchangers for Use as Replacement Plates In Distillation Columns: Proof of Concept and Collection of Design Information 2 Graham...

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