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Process Safety Boot Camp

Public (classroom) 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.

Sponsored Webinar: Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA): When and Where?

Live Webinar
Live Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 2:00pm-3:30pm
When is the best time to do Layer of Protection Analysis? Take this webinar to assess your options. In this 60-minute webinar, you’ll learn many facilitators have a preference about when to do LOPA - during the PHA/HAZOP, at the end of the PHA/HAZOP or independently of the PHA/HAZOP. You’ll...

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...

June 2017 CEP Preview

June 12, 2017
This month, results of the biennial salary survey of chemical engineers, ways to improve spreadsheet productivity, cybersecurity tips, and more.

Process Safety Beacon: Investigating a Steam Pipe Failure

June
2017
Process Safety Beacon
A 36-in. (~1-m) section of a 12-in.-dia. (30.5-cm), 600-psig (~41-barg) steam pipe in a large chemical plant suddenly ruptured, causing major damage in November 1998. The pipe was located upstream of a decommissioned venturi flowmeter. Steam supply...

Making Sense of Laboratory Fire Codes

July
2017
Safety
Richard Palluzi
Laboratory owners are faced with a difficult task when building a new lab or renovating an existing one — two fire-prevention codes specify different restrictions on the quantities of hazardous materials that can be used and stored in that facility.

Incorporate Cybersecurity into Your PSM Program

June
2017
Safety
Ursula Malczewski, Amy E. Theis, P.E.
Here are some prevention and mitigation strategies for three common types of industrial incidents — a network breach, an insider attack, and infection via a portable device — and recommendations for incorporating industrial cybersecurity into an existing process safety management (PSM) program.

Industrial Cybersecurity: How Much Is Enough?

June
2017
Safety
Michael Firstenberg
To answer that question, first summarize potential attack scenarios in a matrix. Then identify which combinations of attacks, consequences, and risks require mitigation and which you are willing to accept.

Free Faculty Process Safety Workshops

June 6, 2017
In recognition of the work that academic faculty do to prepare the next generation of chemical engineers, AIChE is partnering with industry leaders to provide free faculty...

Editorial: Keeping Industrial Control Systems Secure

June
2017
Editorial
Cynthia Mascone
Although I would like to take credit for displaying stellar planning skills, it’s actually through serendipity that this issue features two articles on cybersecurity. The articles, which focus specifically on the security of industrial control...

New Products: June 2017

June
2017
New Products
Fluids and Solids Handling Bulk Bag Filler Is Equipped with a Pallet Dispenser This bulk bag filler automatically places an empty pallet under a bulk bag prior to filling. Between 14 and 16 pallets can be loaded into the pallet dispenser. The filler...

Sponsored Webinar: Making Your HAZOP Study Work for You…In Real Time

Archived Webinar
May 3, 2017
Too often, a HAZOP study, despite the investment of human and financial capital, becomes a stand-alone document, securely archived for regulatory purposes. Many disparate processes or in fact even a lack of processes, related to study follow-up activities may not give you the insight you need into...

Guidelines for Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis

May, 2017
This book describes how to conduct Process Hazard Assessments (PHAs) for processes handling combustible solids. The book explains how to do a dust hazard assessment by using either an approach based on compliance with existing consensus standards, or by using a risk based approach. Worked examples...

Flare Emissions Regulatory Update

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 30, 2017
ABSTRACT “Flare Emissions Regulatory Update” by Kevin Leary, John Zink Hamworthy Combustion Several new regulations have been recently published by...

Safety Instrumented Systems Design & Lifecycle Fundamentals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
It has been identified that 44% of recorded accidents involving control systems were due to specification issues. This review will emphasize the...

Modular Software Product Line Approach for Automation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
This paper examines the advantages of utilizing a Software Product Line type of approach with modular code structures to process automation...

Produced Water Tank Explosion Case Study

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Produced Water Tank Explosion Case Study J. Kelly Thomas, Ph.D. Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants 3330 Oakwell Court, Suite 100 San Antonio, TX...

Dust Explosion Hazards: Housekeeping Quantified

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
DUST-EXPLOSION HAZARDS: HOUSEKEEPING QUANTIFIED Richard W. Prugh, PE, CSP Principal Process Safety Engineer Chilworth Technology, Inc., a Dekra...

Inherently Safer Automation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
The 2 nd edition of CCPS’s Guidelines for Safe Automation of Chemical Processes discusses the application of the inherently safer strategies to...

Improving Human Factors Review in PHA and LOPA

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Human Reliability practitioners utilize a variety of tools in their work that could improve the facilitation of PHA-LOPA related to identifying and...

New Guidelines for Managing Asset (Mechanical) Integrity

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Ensuring the initial and ongoing integrity of process equipment, including instrumentation and safety systems, has become known as asset integrity...

Are Your Safeguards Fast Enough to Be Effective?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
A number of design pitfalls must be avoided when allocating the process safety time during the specification of instrumented safeguards. A key...

Ten Years of Living Risk Based Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
Ten Years of Living Risk Based Process Safety CCPS published Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety in March 20007. We were the primary authors of...

Beyond Being Proactively Reactive

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 29, 2017
In the last 20 years, Industry has made great strides in utilizing tools to manage the day-to-day business of equipment failure in order to minimize...

How Small of a Cloud We Want to Detect on Our Gas Detectors?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
There is a crucial question that has room for a lot discussions. How small is really small? The idea of this paper is to cover a series of cloud...

Limiting Oxygen Concentration of Hybrid Mixtures

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
An investigation into the limiting oxygen concentration (LOC) of fifteen combustible dusts, one gas, two solvents and their mixtures in the standard...

Ageing Assets in the Process Industry -  an Holistic View

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Introduction: Ageing is something natural. Everything is ageing including us as human beings. When we get older we will visit a doctor more often, we...

Effectiveness of Water Sprays in Mitigating Toxic Releases

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Chemical manufacturing operations must consider and prepare for release of toxic chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia, anhydrous hydrofluoric acid,...

The Integration of Inherently Safer Design and Control

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract for 2017 AIChE Spring Meeting and 13th Global Congress on Process Safety March 26-30, 2017 San Antonio, TX Session Selection: Â Process...

New Perspectives on Refinery Corrosion and Integrity Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
   “New Perspectives on Refinery Corrosion and Integrity Management”   Kjell Wold Global Business Development Manger - Roxar Flow Assurance...

PSM Challenges in an Aging Cyanide Plant

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
A 40-year old hydrogen cyanide (HCN) plant is examined as a case study. The plant is approximately 90% PSM-covered, predates PSM by over a decade,...

Managing Risk through Integrity Operating Windows

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
A comprehensive asset integrity management (AIM) program is essential to reducing risk of operations to as low as practicable. Risk profiles should...

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...

Study on On-Line Monitoring Technology of Oil Tank Grounding

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Abstract: after completion of tank construction, the change of grounding system will be out of people’s sight. The soil resistance will be changed...

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 process...

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...

Uncertain about Uncertainty

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Key Words: Understand Hazard & Risk, Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis, Define probability; Subjective probability Abstract: It is well-...

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