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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.

Incidents That Define Process Safety

March, 2008
Incidents That Define Process Safety describes approximately fifty incidents that have had a significant impact on the chemical and refining industries' approaches to modern process safety. Events are described in detail so readers get a fundamental understanding of the root causes, the...

Safe Design and Operation of Process Vents and Emission Control Systems

March, 2006
Process vent header collection systems are subject to continually varying compositions and flow rates and thus present significant challenges for safe design. Due to increasingly demanding safety, health, environmental, and property protection requirements, today's industrial designers are faced...

Layer of Protection Analysis: Simplified Process Risk Assessment

October, 2001
Layer of protection analysis (LOPA) is a recently developed, simplified method of risk assessment that provides the much-needed middle ground between a qualitative process hazard analysis and a traditional, expensive quantitative risk analysis. Beginning with an identified accident scenario, LOPA...

Guidelines for Chemical Process Quantitative Risk Analysis, 2nd Edition

October, 1999
Chemical process quantitative risk analysis (CPQRA) as applied to the CPI was first fully described in the first edition of this CCPS Guidelines book. This second edition is packed with information reflecting advances in this evolving methodology, and includes worked examples on a CD-ROM. CPQRA is...

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...

Estimating the Flammable Mass of a Vapor Cloud

July, 1999
This CCPS Concept book shows designers and operators of chemical facilities how to realistically estimate the flammable mass in a cloud of accidentally released material that is capable of igniting. It provides information on industry experience with flammable vapor clouds, basic concepts of fires...

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...

Guidelines for Consequence Analysis of Chemical Releases

March, 1995
This Guidelines book provides technical information on how to conduct a consequence analysis to satisfy your company's needs and the EPA rules. It covers quantifying the size of a release, dispersion of vapor clouds to an endpoint concentration, outcomes for various types of explosions and fires,...

SAChE® Certificate Program - Fire Hazards

eLearning (online) Course
Uncontrolled fire can have devastating consequences in an industrial setting. Thus, anyone working in a process industry should be aware of potential...

SAChE®文凭课程-危险辨识

eLearning (online) Course
知道在化学工程中要做什么,首先要从识别危险开始。本入门课程将会拓宽学生对于化工厂区和其他有化学工程师从事工作的工业场所中的危险辨识。学生将会学习如何识别他们可能会遇到的常见类型的危险,并理解这些危险在整个系统中的意义。学生还将学习识别可能增加这些危险严重性的条件。...

Process Safety Beacon: Share Stories to Communicate Safety

January
2019
Process Safety Beacon
Story telling has been recognized for centuries as an effective way to impact the brain and the heart, as well as to preserve history. While fairy tales have proven to be useful tools for teaching children life lessons, stories can also be used to...

SAChE®文凭课程-过程安全危险辨识与最小化

eLearning (online) Course
当使用潜在的危险物质时,有正确合适的工具来处理它们是很重要的。本入门课程回顾了学生需要熟悉的工具,以识别、最小化和管理过程中的危险。学生将仔细探索“本质上更安全的设计”的含义,并学习了解后果和风险。此外,本课程通过引入事故起因和事故案例,与实际生产相结合。 了解有关SAChE文凭课程的更多信息。

Is Your Hot Work Safety Zone Actually Safe?

January
2019
Safety
Delmar Morrison, Ryan J. Hart, P.E., Eric Peterson, Morgan Reed
Hot work safety zone boundaries are often based on fixed criteria, which fail to take into account changing conditions at the worksite and undetected gas leaks.

SAChE® Certificate Program - Source Models

eLearning (online) Course
When working in chemical plants, failures of equipment will result in releases of toxic, flammable and explosive materials. This course introduces...

Process Safety Beacon: Be Alert for Common-Cause Failures

December
2018
Process Safety Beacon
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest airport in the world, serving an average of 275,000 passengers each day). At about 1 pm on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2017, a fire disabled the airport’s main power supply, as well as the backup...

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.

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,...

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.

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,...

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: 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...

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.

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.

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...

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...

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