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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.

November 2018 CEP Preview

This issue, essentials of job hazard analysis, a special section on energy-efficient manufacturing, including a 10-step process for energy analysis, and much more.

Essentials of Job Hazard Analysis

November
2018
Back To Basics
Fatima Ibrahim, Jeremy Lebowitz, P.E.
Job hazard analyses require employees and employers to think critically about the dangers of a work environment and prepare operators for the unexpected.
Image courtesy of Diers.

Advanced Emergency Relief System Design

Face-to-Face Course
Responsible for the safe handling of the effluent from relief systems? Explore the broad topic of emergency relief system design with an emphasis on...

Process Safety Beacon: Several Small Changes Can Add Up to a Big Problem

November
2018
Process Safety Beacon
A 70-m 3 (18,500-U.S. gal) fixed-roof acrylic acid (AA) tank exploded, causing a fire at an industrial site in Himeji, Japan, in September 2012, destroying the tank and damaging nearby facilities ( Image 1 and Image 2 ). A firefighter was killed and...

Spotlight on Safety: Abnormal Situation Management

November
2018
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
Hazard analyses prevent incidents before they happen and incident investigations prevent incidents from reoccurring, but what about at the onset of an incident? When you detect something abnormal but do not have time to analyze the situation,...

1987 Celanese Pampa Butane Vapor Cloud Explosion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2015
On Saturday November 14, 1987, the presenter personally witnessed a catastrophic vapor cloud explosion at the Celanese Chemicals facility in Pampa,...

Process Safety Management for Bioethanol

eLearning (online) Course
Process safety management is different in the biodiesel industry. Gain tools, techniques and regulatory guidance tailored to your unique needs.

Process Safety Beacon: Energy Is Hazardous, Too

October
2018
Process Safety Beacon
The left engine of a commercial airliner flying from New York City to Dallas failed on April 17, 2018 over eastern Pennsylvania. Fragments of the engine inlet and cowling ( Image 1 ) struck the wing ( Image 2 ) and fuselage, causing significant...

HAZOP Studies

eLearning (online) Course
Need to plan and execute a HAZOP Study team review? This course covers the concepts and techniques you’ll need.

Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA)

eLearning (online) Course
LOPA is the methodology used by process organizations worldwide for risk analysis. Learn the basic LOPA approach to selecting and analyzing potential...

Process Safety Management Overview

eLearning (online) Course
Explore the whys and hows of process safety. A great introduction for new hires and refresher for seasoned engineers.

Process Safety Beacon: Speak Up If You Notice Operational Abnormalities

September
2018
Process Safety Beacon
The August 2018 Beacon described an incident involving a runaway reaction in a batch reactor that occurred because of agitator failure. During normal operation, the reactor needed cooling to maintain the required temperature. However, the batch...

Use Scare Tactics to Communicate Major Incidents

August
2018
Safety
Renato Prestes, TJ Larkin
Communication that frightens employees triggers more behavior changes than similar messages without the scare factor. Including a fear appeal makes it much less likely that process safety incidents will be repeated.

BASF Hosts First Faculty Workshop on Process Safety

As a Founders’ Circle member of our Doing a World of Good campaign, BASF recently hosted their first process safety workshop to better educate faculty and provide an in-depth look at the importance of process safety education for undergraduates.

工业过程中灾难性事故的预警信号

July, 2018
《工业过程中灾难性事故的预警信号》给出了事故预警信号的特点、识别和对事故征兆的应对措施,并对一系列值得关注的预警信号进行了分类。旨在事故发生前帮助企业员工避免事故和伤害的发生。

过程安全管理体系审核指南(第二版)

September, 2017
该书为翻译图书,以CCPS《基于风险的过程安全》(RBPS)20个要素为基础,详细介绍了过程安全管理体系审核计划和审核实施方面的基础知识,讨论了审核推荐的基本技能、技术和工具,并借助PDCA的管理模式,阐述了如何开展具体的审核工作。

保护层分析:使能条件与修正因子导则

June, 2015
本书主要对保护层分析和变更的主要概念作出了定义,并且规范了LOPA的使能条件和修正因子。以及在其他问题上的应用也有涉及。本书主要面向化工行业人员以及高校师生。

Process Safety Beacon: What If Your Agitator Fails?

August
2018
Process Safety Beacon
What if Your Agitator Fails? A German manufacturer employed a process that reacted o -chloronitrobenzene with caustic soda dissolved in methanol in a 36-m 3 (9,500-gal) batch reactor to produce o -nitroanisol. The reaction is exothermic, and the...

Spotlight on Safety: The Three-Legged Stool of PSM

August
2018
Spotlight on Safety
John Herber
During a session I was instructing on risk-based process safety, one of the company process safety leaders presented a simple process safety model: If you design it right, operate it correctly, and maintain it properly, the process should operate...

Process Safety Beacon: Excess Cooling Can Cause a Runaway Reaction

July
2018
Process Safety Beacon
A process at a British dye factory required addition of nitrosyl sulfuric acid (NSA) to a 600-gal (~2.3-m 3 ) batch reactor containing an amine and sulfuric acid at 30–40°C. The manual feed to the reactor typically took about five hours to complete...

Creating an Effective Asset Integrity Management Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
Establishing an effective asset integrity management (AIM) program begins with the creation of a leadership team at the appropriate level of...

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...

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...

The “Projectness” of MOC

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
The safety community, bolstered by the PSM regulations, has emphasized the importance of proper management of change, "MOC", to ensure safe, reliable...

Making Everyone a Barrier Guardian

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 25, 2018
Process safety layers of protection, often referred to as barriers, are typically comprised of plant hardware, procedures, and people. In a typical...

Know Your Limits

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Know Your Limits [i] Jerry Forest Sr. Director, Process Safety Celanese 225 E. John Carpenter Freeway Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75234 (214) 417-1920...

How to Conduct a Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Abstract: Dust hazards analyses (DHAs) are required to be completed by September 2018 for all existing facilities, per NFPA 652. This presentation...

The Day a Three Mile Island Event Did Not Happen

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
In 1986, while I was a new engineer at a nuclear power plant, the plant experienced a total loss of feedwater event when multiple systems and...

Internal Auditing – Improving Human Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
The primary purpose of an organization's internal auditing program is to assess compliance with their internal requirements and applicable...

Vented Hydrogen DDTs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc. (BakerRisk ® ) and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. (Daewoo) performed partially-...

Competency Requirements in Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
When selecting individuals to perform process safety management tasks one will want to make sure that those individuals are competent to perform the...

A Hierarchical Bayesian Approach to IEC 61511 Prior Use

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Understanding the quality of failure rate data is vital to successful application of SIS, as emphasized in the latest IEC 61511 standard. This...

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...

Pump BLEVE Protection Initiator Determination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
If a liquid-filled centrifugal pump is run while isolated, the mechanical energy input to the contained fluid results in a temperature increase. This...

Choosing HIPS over PRV - It's More Than Risk Reduction

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
The use of the term “High Integrity Protective System” or HIPS has changed from 2000 when this author won the...

Hot Work Safety Zones - What if there is a Leak?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
One of the main objectives of hot work safety is prevent the interaction of an ignition source and a flammable mixture. This seemingly simple...

Increase Profitability with Global Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
There is never enough tankage to create the perfect blended product with no quality giveaway. Likewise, there is never enough certainty in any...

Pressure Relief Design for Reactive Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
Abstract: Pressure relief design for reactive systems requires a different way of thinking than standard non-reactive designs. Reactive systems are...

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