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Process Safety Boot Camp

Face-to-Face 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.

Optimizing LOPA

Archived Webinar
May 6, 2015
This presentation is an overview of the LOPA process. How/why it is used instead of, or in addition to HAZOPs and What-Ifs to identify hazardous scenarios. It discusses best practices on conducting a...

Pressure Relief Systems Effluent Handling

Archived Webinar
Mar 18, 2015
Collection, disposal, and treatment systems are an integral part of pressure relief systems for minimizing potential hazards posed by the effluent from pressure relief devices. There are several...

Management of Organizational Change

Archived Webinar
Sep 17, 2014
In this webinar, Dr. Hoff shares some of the results of his current research on the topic of Management of Organizational Change (MOOC). Changes in job responsibilities, loss of key personnel, or...

What Every New Graduate Should Know about Process Safety

Archived Webinar
Jul 9, 2014
Every chemical engineering graduate practices process safety. Consequently, process safety should receive more emphasis than it currently does in the curriculum. This webinar focuses on the minimum...

Has PSI Become a Data Management Nightmare?

Archived Webinar
Mar 26, 2014
This webinar addresses the importance of Process Safety Information (PSI) and PSI management, the potential limitations associated with PSI management within an organization, and real-world solutions...

Realizing the Benefits of a Truly Integrated PHA Process

Archived Webinar
Feb 26, 2014
This webinar highlights and discusses the benefits and importance of integrating the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) process with your Management of Change (MOC) process, conducting a PHA on Capital...

Advances in Layer of Protection Analysis

Archived Webinar
Jan 29, 2014
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) has become possibly the most commonly used quantitative risk methodology in the chemical industry. This webinar provides an overview of the content of two new LOPA...

Introduction to Pressure Relief Systems

Archived Webinar
Jan 8, 2014
Pressure relieving systems are an integral part of any process facility, from offshore production platforms to petrochemical complexes, and usually provide the last line of defense against...

Safety in the LNG Value Chain

Archived Webinar
Dec 12, 2012
In this webinar, presenters describe and examine potential LNG (liquefied natural gas) hazards and risk-reduction methods for the LNG value chain ― production and consumption.

Process Safety for Process Engineers

Archived Webinar
Jan 26, 2012
Process safety is the most important facet of our jobs as process engineers. Learn how CCPS can support process engineers in their quest to make their processing facilities both more productive and...

Explosion at T2 Laboratories

Archived Webinar
Sep 22, 2010
This webinar discusses the CSB investigation and findings related to the explosion and chemical fire at T2 Laboratories, Inc. in December 2007.

Flame Flashbacks: Causes and Prevention

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2010
This webinar addresses the principle of flammability of vapor/air mixtures, including flammability limits, ignition temperatures, the effect of inerts and how to determine the flammability of any...

Preparing for OSHA's Chemical NEP Inspections

Archived Webinar
Oct 15, 2009
This informative webinar provides an overview of OSHA's Chemical NEP, and outlines recommended proactive measures to prepare for Chemical NEP inspection. This information will assist you in making...

Fundamentals of Fire and Fire Control

Archived Webinar
Sep 16, 2009
This webinar features a live question and answer session with Dr. J. Reed Welker, one of the world’s most respected experts in fire and fire control.

Dust Explosion

Archived Webinar
Jun 24, 2009
Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to these incidents and subsequent CSB recommendations...

Introduction to Flammable Materials

Archived Webinar
Feb 17, 2009
This webinar will provide a basic introduction to flammable materials with the purpose of providing valuable information that a practicing engineer can use to prevent fires and explosions. The...

Recommended Industry Process Safety Metrics

Archived Webinar
Feb 13, 2008
The BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel (“Baker Panel”) and US Chemical Safety Board each recommended improved industry-wide process safety metrics in their final reports dealing with...

Risk-Based Process Safety

March
2019
Back To Basics
B. Karthikeyan
What happens when organizations don’t follow risk-based process safety guidelines?

Process Safey Beacon: Undetected Ball Valve Failure

March
2019
Process Safety Beacon
An incident occurred at a plant with two processing units (Unit 1 and Unit 2) that shared a common line to a thermal oxidizer ( Figure 1 ). Several instruments were due for calibration on Unit 2. Specifically, a pressure transmitter (PT) needed to...

February 2019 CEP Preview

February 12, 2019

Learn to incorporate the bowtie model in HAZOP analysis, brush up on reverse osmosis, understand fire risks of CIBCs, and more.

Spotlight on Safety: Treat Contractors as Invited Guests

February
2019
Spotlight on Safety
John Herber
Not only am I often a contractor at client sites, but about 30% of my career has been spent working directly with construction contractors who have been key to the success of many projects. My father was a construction worker for 35 years and although he didn’t work in chemical plants, he worked around many different hazardous operations. It is the responsibility of the companies that hire us to keep me, my father, and our fellow contractors safe.

Enhancing PHAs: The Power of Bowties

February
2019
Safety
David Hatch, Paul McCulloch, Ian Travers
Process hazard analysis (PHA) is a key component of process safety management (PSM). This article presents a technique that incorporates the visual approach of the bowtie model into hazard and operability (HAZOP) analysis.

Editorial: Taking A Minute for Safety

February
2019
Editorial
Emily Frangenberg
In October 2018, TJ Larkin, cofounder of Larkin Communication Consulting, reached out to me with a new idea for CEP: a column that could be displayed and discussed at the safety briefings held at the beginning of almost every team meeting in the chemical process industries (CPI).

Foundations of Process Safety

Face-to-Face Course
Offered outside of North America, this intensive and highly interactive 4-day course trains chemical engineers in the fundamentals of process safety...

Process Safety Beacon: Keep Critical Safeguards Functional

February
2019
Process Safety Beacon
In 1999, an electrical failure (without the loss of steam pressure) caused an alumina slurry digestion and flash system to lose power and catastrophically overpressure. The event triggered a boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion (BLEVE) that...

LyondellBasell Safety Experts Advance Best Practices

LyondellBasell one of world’s the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies, teamed up with AIChE and CCPS hosting Chemical Engineering professors from around the world to deliver process safety best practices. Educators from the U.S.

January 2019 CEP Preview

January 11, 2019

Determine the best catalyst replacement interval for fixed-bed reactors, boost fan performance and efficiency, meet the Caltech 6, and much more.

Guidelines for Defining Process Safety Competency Requirements

October, 2015
This Guideline presents the framework of process safety knowledge and expertise versus the desired competency level in a “super-matrix” format, vertically and diagonally. The matrix references for potential remedies/required training may be tailored to a company’s internally...

Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs in the Process Industries

November, 2011
This book provides guidance on characterizing, recognizing, and responding to warning signs to help avoid process incidents and injuries before they occur. The guidance can be used by both process safety management (PSM) professionals in evaluating their processes and PSM systems as well as for...

Guidelines for Process Safety Metrics

October, 2009
Process safety metrics is a topic of frequent conversation within chemical industry associations. Guidelines for Process Safety Metrics provides basic information on process safety performance indicators, including a comprehensive list of metrics for measuring performance and examples as to how...

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...

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