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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.

Prevent the Next Catastrophe

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
With the increasing complex manufacturing processes and environmental regulations, and the challenges to retaining knowledge from retiring employees...

Real World Applications of API 753

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
The first edition of American Petroleum Institute (API) Recommend Practice (RP) 753 - Management of Hazards Associated with Location of Process Plant...

and Now for Something Completely Different

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Process safety management systems are generally credited with reducing major accident risk in the process industries. While those systems have been...

Supervisors and Mid-Managers at the Center of Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Supervisors and Mid-Managers at the Center of Safety We believe no one has more power to improve safety than our supervisors and mid-managers. Our...

“Getting More Out of Your PHAs with Data Analytics”

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) studies are required to identify process and operations risks for process plants. PHAs enable management and...

Addressing Process Safety Challenges in Batch Tolling

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
AIChE CCPS 13 th GCPS Abstract Submission Brenda Seggerman EHS Engineer, Hydrite Chemical Co. Batch operations play a significant role in the...

Optimization for Flare Operation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract Flare operation is a challenging task since the flowrate, net heating value, composition of the vent gas and weather conditions vary...

Inherently Safer Piping – Best Practices

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract This paper presents lesser known items in the upstream and midstream industries important to piping stress and overpressure protection...

The Facility Siting Cycle (Revalidation)

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Facility siting is an assessment of occupied buildings given potential explosion, fire, and toxic hazards. As stated in 29 CFR Part 1910, it is...

Human Error. a Myth Eclipsing Real Causes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Abstract Human Error. A myth eclipsing real causes For years the professionals involved in the investigation of industrial accidents have identified...

The Nature of Ammonium Nitrate Decomposition and Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Ammonium nitrate explosions can cause significant destruction as shown with examples in West, Texas (2013) and Tianjin, China (2015). Yet, ammonium...

Elongated VCE Blast Waves and Structural Damage

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Elongated congested volumes are common at chemical processing and petroleum refining facilities due to the arrangement of processing units, but there...

Major Accidents: Managing the First 96 Hours

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Effectively responding to a major accident requires a prompt, sure-footed approach; especially with criminal prosecutions for endangerment and...

Last Line of Defense - Improving Our Step Back 5x5

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Last Line of Defense - Improving Our Step Back 5x5 Â Step Back 5x5 is our last layer of defense and perhaps our most important. This paper...

Selection of Cases for Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
In many industrial facilities, toxic and/or flammable substances are discharged directly to the atmosphere. To ensure compliance with health, safety...

Revitalizing Auditing Practices - One Company's Journey

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Auditing can become a mundane and unsuccessful task when done repeatedly the same way by the same personnel. Auditors can get ‘stuck in a rut...

Steam System Control and Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
Control of the overall steam system in a refinery or a large petrochemical plant can be one of the most difficult automation challenges, yet one of...

Intro to Quantitative Risk Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
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Basic Concepts in Risk Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 13, 2016
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Forge Bonding: A Safer Metal Joining Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
When planning in-service repairs or enhancements that involve the joining of metals; sparks, flames and even elevated temperatures are a concern for...

Flameless Vent Testing

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
Flameless vents were developed and marketed for the first time over 25 years ago. The technology has evolved and been applied effectively in a wide...

CSB Recommendations: Gems, Gewgaws, and Buried Treasure

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) was authorized by the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAAA) and began operation in 1998...

Prevention of Combustible Dust Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 12, 2016
This tutorial emphasizes the technical understanding of combustible dust phenomena. It will enable attendees to better understand combustible dust...

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