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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.

Process Safety Leading Indicators A Perspective From Europe

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
For several years organisations involved in high hazards operations have reported their process safety performance in terms of lagging indicators or...

Process Safety: At the Heart of Operations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Process Safety is no longer a supporting function but core business in any organization that operates high risk facilities. To ensure a safe and...

Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Unique Failure Mode for API Seal Plan 76 Double mechanical seals with a pressure alarm in the containment chamber are commonly used in LPG and other...

Importance of Field Testing Liquid Distributors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Spray nozzles & gravity distributors are primarily used in different Oil refinery facilities (columns, scrubbers, etc.). Installers and...

Explosion Hazards Due to Failures of Lithium-Ion Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Explosion hazards due to failures of Lithium-Ion Batteries The failure modes of lithium-ion cells have been extensively studied for applications...

How to Create A Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Safety cultures to not spontaneously occur. Safety cultures are nourished by operating managers who set high standards and who foster trust and...

An Update On the Use of Process Safety Leading Indicators

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
The CCPS Process Safety Leading and Lagging Metrics publication states that the essential element of any improvement program is the measure of...

Safety Culture: The Foundation of Sustainability

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Overview A safe operating environment is cornerstone to any companies operations and working environment. By understanding a company’s goals and...

Near Misses - Private or Public Concern?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Near miss incidents include those releases and/or fires that do not result in significant employee injury or costs. In many cases there are federal...

Where Process Safety Must Move

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Description: Process safety has long embodied the adage, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”...

Process Safety: From Concept to Commissioning

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Process Safety: From Concept to Commissioning Process safety is an essential component in all phases of project design, from initial research and...

Enterprise PSM Development, Implementation, and Auditing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Process safety management system auditing is evolving into a more business critical function and is receiving far more attention than previously as...

9th GCPS Opening Plenary Speech

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2013
Welcome to San Antonio, to the 2013 Spring AIChE Meeting, and to the 9 th Global Congress on Process Safety.

Engineering Pellets of Biomass Blends

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 30, 2012
Transportation and handling of lignocellulosic biomass are often challenging and expensive due to low bulk density, in the range of 60-80 kg/m 3 for...

Nuclear Energy: Is there a future after Fukushima?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
October 29, 2012
The future of the global nuclear energy industry, while certainly not without its challenges, remains vibrant. Even as the industry contends with...

Using LOPA to Establish SILs for Power Outage Protection

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Catastrophic incident root causes often may be correlated with power outages. An unanticipated power outage may be an initiating event that leads to...

Process safety status in China

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Process safety status in China

Beware of the Black Swan

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
In 16 th century London, a statement that describes impossibility was referred to as a “black swan” because all historical records of swans up to...

Proven in Use (What's the Quality of Your Data)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
To perform LOPA's, fault tree analysis, SIL verifications and other quantitative likelihood analyses requires data. As much as everyone wants data,...

Working Under Pressure (How do you manage pressure hazards?)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Industry is increasingly moving towards utilizing High Integrity Protective Systems (HIPS) to reduce flare loading and prevent the environmental...

Turnaround Excellence - Key Success Factors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Turnaround Excellence is more than a state of being… it is a journey. Achieving and sustaining excellence is wholly dependent on a site approach of...

Emergency Block Valves

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
An Emergency Block Valves (EBV) is used as a means of isolating flammable or toxic substances in the event of a leak or fire. The installation, and...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

Modeling of Ground Flare Pits

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
New LNG liquefaction facilities have been configured to include large ground flares to allow for the safe combustion of large volumes of combustible...

Modeling of Underground Hydrogen Pipelines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Hydrogen is a critical component in the production of cleaner fuels. Underground pipelines provide a safe, reliable supply of hydrogen to refineries...

More LOPA Misapplied: Common Errors and How to Avoid Them

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) continues to be more and more widely utilized in the Petrochemical and other industries. LOPA is a “simplified”...

Evaluation of Dispersion Models for LNG Siting Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
The federal safety standards for LNG facilities under 49 CFR Part 193 approves the use of specific dispersion models for performing vapor-gas...

Flash Fire From a Hot Combustible Liquid

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
A truck driver loading a tanker was fatally injured in a flash fire. The accident occurred at the loading rack of a petroleum refinery. The truck...

Two Incompetent Workers; Too Close for Comfort ñ Part 1

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Learning from experience is one of the four pillars of Risk-Based Process Safety. Incidents that occur at one facility often provide opportunities to...

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