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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.

Ensuring Consistency of Corporate Risk Criteria

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
The recently published CCPS text Guidelines for Developing Quantitative Safety Risk Criteria makes a strong case for corporations developing risk...

Journey towards PSM Excellence

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
This paper describes the experience, learning and major challenges in implementing Process Safety Management at Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)...

LOPA – Going Down the Wrong Path

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) has quickly gained acceptance in the Chemical Processing Industries (CPI), and has risen to be one of the leading...

Training Management of Change Approvers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Many companies have made great strides in change management systems since OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard 29 CFR 1910.119 was first...

HAZOP, LOPA, SIL: Be Careful What You Ask for!

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
In recent years Process Safety Engineers have promoted the use of HAZOP to identify hazards and assess safeguards, followed by LOPA to identify if...

Managing Management of Change

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) has designated MOC as one of the areas where metrics need to be developed. One of the issues that CCPS...

Fire Study of Melting Fiberglass Using FLUENT CFD Software

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Thermal insulation is used in chemical plants primarily as a tool to prevent energy loss. However, if installed properly, an added benefit is that of...

Is It Really an Independent Protection Layer?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a simplified chemical process risk assessment tool that is used to determine if sufficient independent...

Lifecycle Physical Hazards of Polystyrene Foam Board

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Polymer Foam Boards have been widely used for individual home and general building, from roofs and/or walls down to foundation, for example. On the...

Consistent Consequence Severity Estimation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
LOPA, as a semi-quantitative analysis, often provides inconsistent results. This can be due to physical differences between units but often it is due...

LOPA and Human Reliability – Human Errors and Human IPLs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) is a simplified risk assessment method that provides an order of magnitude estimate of the risk of a potential...

Assessing the Burning Rate of Solid Oxidizers

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
A method for assigning solid oxidizers and products containing oxidizers to an NFPA Class was developed. The method consists of two reaction-to-fire...

Instrumented Protective Systems for Distillation Operations

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 21, 2010
Distillation is one of the most common unit operations in the chemical processing industry. Using relative volatility as a means of separating...

Explosion Prevention and Mitigation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 30, 2009
The analysis, prevention, protection and mitigation of fire, explosion, and reactivity hazards continue to be important to the loss prevention...

LNG Safety - II

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
This session presents advancements in LNG safety in LNG baseload and receiving terminals, LNG ships and other related areas. LNG Vapor Dispersion...

Risk Criteria

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
The new CCPS Guidelines for Establishing Risk Criteria will be published in mid-2009. This session includes papers regarding the development and...

Applications of Risk Analysis Techniques

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
Hazard identification and risk assessment continue to be a critical part of the process safety efforts in process plants. Papers highlighting methods...

Managing Organizational Change

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
Management of Change has long been recognized as a fundamental cornerstone of a process safety program. Through the years, most companies have...

Audits, Inspection and Regulation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
In the past few years, we have seen renewed emphasis on PSM through OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs and Homeland Security new Chemical Security’s...

Fire, Explosion, & Quantitative Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2009
Fires and explosions result in the largest losses in process safety accidents. The increased sensitivity by industry, regulatory, and public sectors...

Process Safety - From the Top-Down and Bottom-up

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2009
The theme of this session is implementing Process Safety systems from two different perspectives: (1) what Senior Management needs from process...

Transportation Risk

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2009
Transportation Risk Assessment (TRA) is an essential aspect of risk management. TRA manages transportation risks by considering hazards, routes, and...

Mechanical Integrity - State of the Art

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2009
This session presents papers on the latest mechanical integrity concepts, practices and programs. All aspects of mechanical integrity are covered,...

Process Safety Metrics and Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2009
This session features presentations focusing on using the new CCPS Process Safety Metrics and other metrics to drive continual improvement in a...

Tools to Identify Hazards

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
Personnel involved with day-to-day plant operations maintain an important role in the hazard identification and risk assessment (HIRA) process. These...

Safety Culture and Operational Discipline

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
This session focuses on the cultural aspects of a successful Process Safety program. Papers that are presented cover new and innovative ideas on...

Consequence Modeling

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
Consequence modeling has evolved as a result of accident investigations, government regulations, and the maturation of process hazards analysis and...

Implementing PSM Globally

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
In the last several years there have been numerous changes in technical and analytical methods, process safety management systems, regulations,...

Applications of Lopa (Layer Of Protection Analysis)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) continues to be a powerful and popular tool for assessing risk. This session presents papers focusing on applied...

Auditing Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
The 2nd Edition of the CCPS Guidelines for Auditing Process Safety Management Systems is currently being prepared. This session will include papers...

Fires, Explosions and Reactive Chemicals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
The analysis, prevention, protection and mitigation of fire, explosion, and reactivity hazards continue to be important to the loss prevention...

Global Congress On Process Safety Opening Keynote Address

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 27, 2009
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A Century of Process Safety: Process Safety at OSHA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 17, 2008
This presentation will provide a brief history of OSHA's efforts in process safety management. It will include discussion of the PSM standard and...

Ensuring Process Safety in Batch Tolling

December
2017
Safety
Brenda Seggerman, P.E.
Batch tolling facilities can use process safety management techniques to meet regulatory standards and minimize risks.

Process Safety Beacon: Liquefied Gases Can Be Hazardous

December
2017
Process Safety Beacon
A tank car filled with dimethyl ether (DME) arrived at a factory in Ludwigshafen, Germany, in July 1948, where it was parked in the sunlight for about 10 hours. It is believed that during this time a weld seam of the tank car failed, allowing DME to...

Process Safety Visions: Meticulous Verification

December
2017
Process Safety Visions
Meticulous verification, the last of the four societal themes of Vision 20/20, helps to assure that an organization’s process safety management program is reliable. Companies in the process industries use various verification, assessment, and...

Houston Process Safety Faculty Workshop

November 20, 2017

AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety will present a chemical engineering faculty workshop sponsored by LyondellBasell in Houston on January 8-11, 2018.

Process Safety Beacon: Be Aware of Purged Enclosures in Hazardous Areas

November
2017
Process Safety Beacon
Some enclosures in hazardous areas, such as those that house electrical equipment or analyzers (Image 1), and even control rooms, must be purged and maintained at pressures above atmospheric. Positive pressure prevents gases outside the enclosure from flowing into the enclosure, where the electrical equipment can be an ignition source for flammable vapors or gases.

Spotlight on Safety: Remember Your Red Wagon

November
2017
Spotlight on Safety
John Herber
When many of us were kids, we each had our own little red wagon. It was about 2 ft long, 1 ft wide, and 4 in. deep. We used it to haul whatever needed hauling, whether that was a load of stuffed animals on their way to a backyard tea party or action...

Catalyzing Commercialization: Novel Catalysts Enhance Propylene Oxide Production

October
2017
Catalyzing Commercialization
Propylene oxide (PO) is a major commodity chemical used to produce intermediate chemicals, such as propylene glycol, polyether polyols, and polyurethanes, that go into a variety of end products, including coatings, adhesives, furniture foams, and automobiles. A California-based startup has developed a new, drop-in replacement catalyst for PO production.

Process Safety Visions: Harmonization of Standards

October
2017
Process Safety Visions
Operating and maintaining equipment in accordance with standards and recommended practices, especially in a global marketplace, can be a challenge. Many organizations produce standards, guidelines, and practices for safe design, operation, and...

Process Safety Beacon: Do Your Alarms Cry Wolf?

October
2017
Process Safety Beacon
Messages for Manufacturing Personnel http://www.aiche.org/CCPS/Publications/Beacon/index.aspx Aesop’s Fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf tells the story of a shepherd boy who repeatedly tricks villagers into thinking a wolf is attacking his sheep. The...

September 2017 CEP Preview

September 18, 2017

This month, a focus on safety and applying human factors considerations to improve alarm systems. Also, a look at computational methods, and much more.

Process Safety Beacon: Haste Makes Waste

September
2017
Process Safety Beacon
We’ve all been there: You need to trash a piece of paper, but instead of taking four steps to the trash can, you throw it and miss. You then have to walk over, retrieve the paper, and throw it away. Although you were originally trying to take a shortcut, you actually ended up expending more effort. And,

Process Safety Visions: Responsible Collaboration

September
2017
Process Safety Visions
Great process safety performance is achieved by many organizations working together to advance process safety around the world. Responsible collaboration, one of the four societal themes of Vision 20/20, involves regulators, investigators, labor organizations, communities, research institutions, universities, and industries cooperating to achieve a common goal — excellent process safety performance.

Plug the Holes in the Swiss Cheese Model

September
2017
Safety
Todd Stauffer, P.E., Nicholas P. Sands, P.E., David Strobhar, P.E.
Stop using operator error as an excuse. Apply human factors considerations to improve your alarm system and help operators respond to alarms effectively.

August 2017 CEP Preview

August 21, 2017

Meet the 35 ChemEs honored in the AIChE 35 Under 35, brush up on adsorption, learn about condition monitoring, and much more.

Guidelines for Implementing Process Safety Management, 2nd Edition

June, 2016
The 2 nd edition provides an update of information since the publication of the first edition including best practices for managing process safety developed by industry as well as incorporate the additional process safety elements. In addition the book includes a focus on maintaining and improving...

New Products: August 2017

August
2017
New Products
Engineering Services Cloud-Based SCADA Service Delivers Scalable Support and Upgrades Experion Elevate, a cloud-based real-time process super-visory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, is a scalable subscription service that enables secure...

Spotlight on Safety: What is Safety Worth

August
2017
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has issued more than 130 investigative reports during its almost two decades of operation. These valuable documents detail investigations of incidents at industrial facilities involving...

Dow is Doing Good & Exceeding Expectations

For the second year in a row, Dow hosted a highly successful Faculty Workshop in Freeport, TX. On June 12 - 15th, 21 faculty members from 19 different universities were trained in process safety, part of the Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative (UPSLI). 

July 2017 CEP Preview

July 10, 2017

This month features a special section on solar energy, with a look at concentrating solar thermal (CST), solar thermochemical energy storage (CSP), and more.

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