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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.

Eliminating Difficult Start Ups with State Based Controls

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Some processes are just difficult to start up. Every year, significant production is lost due to start up delays, product quality issues after...

Process Safety Regulations - Blessing or Curse?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Are Process Safety / Risk Management regulations a blessing or a curse? The answer of course is “it depends.” There is little doubt that Process...

The US Chemical Safety Board and Inherently Safer Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The United State (US) Chemical Safety Board (CSB) was created by the same legislation that mandated the regulation of high hazard industries by the...

Avoiding Common PHA Mistakes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
OSHA's National Emphasis Program (NEP) on refineries has concluded. The two most cited elements of the Process Safety Management standard (PSM - 1910...

Management of Change: Quality Implementation and Performance

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
It is often said that the only thing which is permanent in this world is change. In the process industry, as elsewhere, change is a main lever for...

Leveraging PSM to Implement Key Elements of a SIS Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61511 standard, “Functional Safety – Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector...

Process Safety and Corporate Responsibility

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
In his Keynote Address at the AIChE 2012 Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston, TX, on April 2, 2012, Michael J. Dolan of...

Design - PSM Overview

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Deseign- PSM Overview

ìWell the Team Has Met and Completed the PHAÖ.Now What?î

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Learning from the experiences and expertise of others has long been recognized as a valued process when completing PHAs. The gathering of a multi-...

How to Structure a Basic Care Strategy for Rotating Equipment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Do your operators and management know the real health of your machinery?. Do they depend too much on the alarm notification of the abnormal condition...

Prediction of Corrosion in Pipes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
ABSTRACT AIChE Spring 2012 Meeting Prediction of Corrosion in Pipes Sally Nicola, Victor Carreto, Ray A. Mentzer, M. Sam Mannan Mary Kay O'Connor...

The CCPS Reactivity Evaluation Software Tool

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Incidents involving uncontrolled chemical reactions continue to result in injuries, fatalities and economic loss and harm in industry. These...

Improving the Performance of Established PSM Programs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Many facilities have now implemented and maintained PSM programs for 20 years or more, but these facilities continue to have sometimes serious...

Retired and Dangerous

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
“Planning not to retire is simply not a viable retirement strategy.” — Catherine Collinson, Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies The Hazard...

Thermal Safety of Ionic Liquids

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
During the past decade, research and development in ionic liquids has grown tremendously. Targeted applications for ionic liquids include replacement...

Safety System Impairments and the Need to Manage Peak Risk

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The catastrophic incident which occurred at Bhopal is often referenced with respect to inherent safety issues. Did intermediate chemicals need to be...

Are Your Credits Worthy?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Chemical and petrochemical manufacturing processes can be subject to high consequence, low frequency events. Process Safety Management programs are...

Integrity Inspection of In-Plant Underground Piping

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Underground piping inside plant boundaries is frequently out-of-sight, out-of-mind. While there exists a wide body of knowledge, mature technology,...

Social HAZOP At Oil Refine Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Introduction Maintenance of process safety in the industry several tools are used such as Risk Analysis, Failure mode and events Analysis (FMEA), a...

Operations Management Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The intent of this session is to present and develop a framework for management of rotating equipment within the plant. The papers and panel...

Human Factors and Their Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Weak control of human factors leads directly to error. An error can result in an initiating event of an accident sequence (directly by the mistake...

Explosion Hazards of Multicomponent Combustible Gas Mixtures

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Laminar and turbulent premixed flame burning velocities are two parameters that are sometimes needed to evaluate explosion hazards. There is ample...

Implementation of a Highly Toxic Materials Management Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Process Safety Management (PSM) is defined as the application of management systems and controls (programs, procedures, audits, evaluations) to a...

PSM Metrics Impact on Process Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
Several years ago our facility recognized the need to expand from a PSM Program managed by a small group to a PSM Culture owned by the full facility...

Acid Release From Catalyst Tanks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
This is the story of how the cumulative effects of several seemingly innocent changes to a catalyst system resulted in a near miss Process Safety...

What to Do When Nothing Has Happened?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
Often during a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) or a Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) study, historical information indicates no occurrences of a...

An Update on OSHA's PSM National Emphasis Programs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
Since 2007, OSHA has initiated two major National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) in process safety. The Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management NEP (...

Incident Investigation- Addressing Common Oversights

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
Principles of incident investigation may be used in daily process troubleshooting and near miss events to identify root cause. Identifying and...

How to Develop Effective Safety Training? A Lifecycle Approach

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
Safety training is one of the most important tools for upgrading the safety level and for minimizing the likelihood and the consequences of accidents...

Ignition of Dust Layers by Mechanical Sparks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
Dust explosions represent a considerable safety risk in process industry. Statistical records of dust explosions show that 32.7 % of these explosions...

Implementation of PSM In Capital Projects

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
It is critical to embed Process Safety Management in the capital project system to help achieve a safe start-up. This is the foundation for assuring...

LOPA – Validating Human IPLs and Ies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a simplified risk assessment method that provides an order of magnitude estimate of the risk of a potential...

A Key Factor In Hazardous Processes: Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
The significance of Safety Culture is becoming increasingly recognized as a key factor to achieve the safe operation of hazardous processes. This...

Inherent Safety In Front End Engineering

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
The best time to apply the principles of inherent safety is during the early stages of a design. In particular it is at the early stages that the ?...

A Work Process for Revalidating LOPAs and Other Risk Analyses

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
The Chemical Process Industry (CPI) has long recognized the necessity of periodically revalidating Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), such as Hazard and...

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