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Process Safety Boot Camp

Face-to-Face
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)...

Stability Analysis of Safety Valve

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
The stability for a safety valve was investigated by experiments and analysis. It was found that the dynamic instability was caused by the...

Modeling Small Releases from Tanks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
The methodologies in the chapter on “Dispersion Modeling” in the CCPS book Guidelines for Consequence Analysis of Chemical Releases, provide means...

Process Safety in the Face of Significant Change

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
Development of an effective process safety culture requires employees to look beyond intended performance, to their own nonconscious assumptions...

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...

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...

Preparing for OSHA's Chemical NEP Inspections

Archived Webinar
Oct 15, 2009
This informative webinar provides an overview of OSHA's Chemical NEP, and outlines recommended proactive measures to prepare for Chemical NEP inspection. This information will assist you in making your facilities safer and in reducing your potential OSHA liability. These proactive measures focus on...

Fundamentals of Fire and Fire Control

Archived Webinar
Sep 16, 2009
This webinar features a live question and answer session with Dr. J. Reed Welker, one of the world’s most respected experts in fire and fire control.

Dust Explosion

Archived Webinar
Jun 24, 2009
Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to these incidents and subsequent CSB recommendations, OSHA has introduced a Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) and has greatly increased...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Food and Consumer Products Process Hazards

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 28, 2009
The Food and Consumer Products area has significant hazards and risks from dust and flammable liquid explosions as well as from toxic releases...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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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Introduction to Flammable Materials

Archived Webinar
Feb 18, 2009
This webinar will provide a basic introduction to flammable materials with the purpose of providing valuable information that a practicing engineer can use to prevent fires and explosions. The presentation will first define the problem using accident statistics and some simple case histories, and...

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...

Lo Básico para convivir con Procesos Productivos Seguros (Process Safety)

Archived Webinar
Oct 15, 2008
Este sintético seminario conceptual introductorio sobre Seguridad para Procesos Productivos Peligrosos, sin fórmulas ni ecuaciones pero rigurosamente científico, ha sido diseñado para actualizar y reforzar los conocimientos básicos de Gerentes de Plantas, Ingenieros y Técnicos exigidos por la...

Recommended Industry Process Safety Metrics

Archived Webinar
Feb 13, 2008
The BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel (“Baker Panel”) and US Chemical Safety Board each recommended improved industry-wide process safety metrics in their final reports dealing with the 2005 explosion at the BP Texas City refinery. This has also been a subject of frequent discussions...

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.

December 2017 CEP Preview

December 20, 2017

This month, methods for order-of-magnitude cost estimation for shale-gas, optimized heat transfer of viscous fluids, the chemical industry in the Philippines, and more.

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...

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