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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.

Vented Hydrogen DDTs

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc. (BakerRisk ® ) and Daewoo Engineering and Construction Co. Ltd. (Daewoo) performed partially-...

The Day a Three Mile Island Event Did Not Happen

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
In 1986, while I was a new engineer at a nuclear power plant, the plant experienced a total loss of feedwater event when multiple systems and...

Competency Requirements in Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
When selecting individuals to perform process safety management tasks one will want to make sure that those individuals are competent to perform the...

A Hierarchical Bayesian Approach to IEC 61511 Prior Use

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Understanding the quality of failure rate data is vital to successful application of SIS, as emphasized in the latest IEC 61511 standard. This...

Pump BLEVE Protection Initiator Determination

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
If a liquid-filled centrifugal pump is run while isolated, the mechanical energy input to the contained fluid results in a temperature increase. This...

Relief and Flare System Design Mitigation Options

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
Any modifications to existing Pressure Relief and Flare Systems are typically costly in terms of capital, manpower, and outage. It is therefore...

Hot Work Safety Zones - What if there is a Leak?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
One of the main objectives of hot work safety is prevent the interaction of an ignition source and a flammable mixture. This seemingly simple...

Choosing HIPS over PRV - It's More Than Risk Reduction

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 24, 2018
The use of the term “High Integrity Protective System” or HIPS has changed from 2000 when this author won the...

Increase Profitability with Global Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
There is never enough tankage to create the perfect blended product with no quality giveaway. Likewise, there is never enough certainty in any...

Pressure Relief Design for Reactive Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
Abstract: Pressure relief design for reactive systems requires a different way of thinking than standard non-reactive designs. Reactive systems are...

Human Factors in Real Life Applications - a Scuba Example

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
The application of human factors in process safety is a key next step in continuing to advance improvement, but there is still much to be understood...

Game Based Learning; Reinforcing Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
The concept of process safety has been around a long time but a spate of major accidents in the last decade has further emphasized the need for...

Properly Size Two-Phase PRV - Easier Than API 520 HDI Method

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
API 520 Part I (9 th edition) selected three (3) methods to size two-phase PRV. One of them is the HDI (Homogeneous Direct Integration) method...

Don’t Walk the Line – Dance It!

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
An 86% reduction in Tier 1 and Tier 2 loss of primary containment incidents has been realized in the five years following the introduction of Walk...

Contractor's View: Ownership Is the Secret of Success

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
IMCO General Construction has been contracted by Rio Tinto Legacy Management to Operate and Maintain the Holden Mine Remediation Site Waste Water...

Jurisdictional Boundaries in Midstream - Where Is the Line?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
Midstream Operations are familiar with the applicability of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials (PHMSA) regulation of the Department of...

Good Engineering Practice in Protecting Low-Pressure Tanks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
It is more than three years since the last edition of API 2000 was empowered and almost ten years since ISO 28300 became worldwide recognized...

Methodology to Prioritize Process Safety Action Items

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
In general, the decisions faced by engineers and managers of facilities in the chemical, oil and gas industries regarding prioritizing Process Safety...

The Process Plant Safety Symposium - Past, Present, and Future

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 23, 2018
A number of major process incidents during the 1980s led OSHA to promulgate the Process Safety Management Regulation in 1992. Those incidents and the...

Has PSI Become a Data Management Nightmare?

Archived Webinar
Mar 26, 2014
This webinar addresses the importance of Process Safety Information (PSI) and PSI management, the potential limitations associated with PSI management within an organization, and real-world solutions...

Process Safety Beacon: Work Permits: Understand the Scope of Work

June
2018
Process Safety Beacon
A contractor maintenance crew was preparing to install a section of pipe at the top of a vessel in an oil refinery (Images 1 and 2). A work permit (Image 3) was issued for the job, with the expectation that no confined space entry was required. The...

Spotlight on Safety: Risk, Not Chance

May
2018
Spotlight on Safety
Rukyah Hennessey
Risk is a fact of life. It is a factor in almost every decision we make. In occupations such as business and finance, risk takers are often heralded. Take a chance on the stock market, and you can get a big payout. But, when it comes to our industry...

Overview of Risk Based Process Safety

Face-to-Face Course
This course will introduce you to CCPS’ Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) approach, including the four pillars and twenty elements that define the...

Management of Change

eLearning (online) Course
Unsure how to identify procedural, process and other change situations that require evaluation—or implement process changes without risk to employees...

OSHA Process Safety Management Review

eLearning (online) Course
Take this fundamental course and gain an introduction to Process Safety Management. In just two short hours, you’ll learn how and when to apply the...

Inherently Safer Design

Face-to-Face Course
Get up-to-date on a fundamentally different approach to safety in the manufacture and use of chemicals. In one day, you’ll learn about inherently...

Process Safety Beacon: Your Facility is Aging

May
2018
Process Safety Beacon
Aging process equipment, facilities, and infrastructure are a safety concern for the chemical process industries (CPI). Prolonged exposure to chemicals as well as extreme temperatures and pressures make older process units vulnerable to disaster...

Guidelines for Pressure Relief and Effluent Handling Systems, 2nd Edition

April, 2017
Providing in-depth guidance on how to design and rate emergency pressure relief systems, Guidelines for Pressure Relief and Effluent Handling Systems incorporates the current best designs from the Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems as well as American Petroleum Institute (API) standards.

Handle Hazardous Waste Safely

April
2018
Back To Basics
Delmar Morrison, Michael C. Stern, P.E., Carmen H. Osorio-Amado
Hazardous-waste disposal presents unique challenges. An analysis of several incidents highlights the importance of properly characterizing waste prior to processing.

Process Safety Beacon: Maintain a Sense of Vulnerability

April
2018
Process Safety Beacon
Maintaining a sense of vulnerability is an essential component of a good process safety culture. But, what does it mean to maintain a sense of vulnerability? It means everyone in the plant: is aware of the hazards of processes and materials looks...

Safely Unload and Convey Combustible Dusts

April
2018
Safety
Abhi Bhargava
Dust explosions are a major hazard of unloading and conveying operations. Protect your facility from explosions with venting panels, flameless venting systems, and chemical suppression systems.

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