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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.

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 - 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...

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...

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...

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.

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 Overview

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