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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.

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...

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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Introduction to Process Safety for Undergraduates and Engineers

June, 2016
Familiarizes the student or an engineer new to process safety with the concept of process safety management Serves as a comprehensive reference for Process Safety topics for student chemical engineers and newly graduate engineers Acts as a reference material for either a stand-alone process safety...

Upstream

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Guidelines for Process Safety in Bioprocess Manufacturing Facilities

November, 2010
This book helps advance process safety in a key area of interest. Currently, no literature exists which is solely dedicated to process safety for the bioprocessing industry. There are texts, guidelines, and standards on biosafety at the laboratory level and for industrial hygiene, but no guidelines...

Predict Incidents with Process Safety Performance Indicators

February
2016
Safety
Wahid Azizi
Become a seer of process safety incidents with carefully chosen process safety performance indicators (PSPIs). A PSPI program developed using the barrier-based or tier-based approach will serve as your crystal ball.

Selecting Sensors for Safety Instrumented Systems

July
2015
Back To Basics
Jessica Lo, Erik Mathiason, Chad McGuire
A plant’s safety instrumented system (SIS) is critical in preventing process safety incidents. Use this guide to help choose the proper sensors for your plant’s SIS.

Avoid Pressure-Relief System Pitfalls

July
2016
Back To Basics
Justin Phillips
Before you begin pressure-relief system design, watch out for these common mistakes in identifying overpressure scenarios, performing sizing calculations, and installing the system in the field.

Process Safety Beacon: Understand Chemical Compatibility

July
2016
Process Safety Beacon
Chemical compatibility charts can be used to determine the chemical reactivity of thousands of common hazardous chemicals, the compatibility of absorbents, and the suitability of materials of construction in chemical processes.

Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs in the Process Industries

November, 2011
This book provides guidance on characterizing, recognizing, and responding to warning signs to help avoid process incidents and injuries before they occur. The guidance can be used by both process safety management (PSM) professionals in evaluating their processes and PSM systems as well as for...

Spotlight on Safety: Prepare to be Safe at a First Job or Internship

May
2016
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
If you are a new graduate starting your first job or a student beginning a summer internship at a chemical plant, laboratory, or manufacturing facility, this might be your first time working in the presence of heavy machinery and chemicals. Although...

Process Safety Beacon: Prevent Repeat Incidents

May
2016
Process Safety Beacon
On Jan. 29, 2016, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issued a report and video animation of an April 17, 2013, explosion in an agricultural chemical storage facility in West, TX. The explosion caused 15 fatalities, more...

Process Safety Beacon: Plugged Flame Arrester Causes Explosion

April
2016
Process Safety Beacon
In Safety Alert No. 290 (Oct. 2010), the U.S. Dept. of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) explains an incident in which an explosion ruptured two oil tanks on an offshore platform. The explosion caused about $500,000 worth of damage and approximately 1,200 gal (4.5 m3) of oil to spill into the sea.

Fire Safety with High Energy Density Batteries

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 20, 2014
As high energy density battery technology develops to meet the rapidly increasing demands of consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and grid level...

Are Unconfined Hydrogen Vapor Cloud Explosions Credible?

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

Consulting/HSE

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Engineering & Construction 101

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

Downstream

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Come hear experienced engineers in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); upstream; chemical plant operations; and manufacturing...

2014 Conference Keynote

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 9, 2014
Strong process research organizations and capabilities constitute very relevant competitive advantages in the chemical industry, enabling constant...

Becoming a Great Process Safety Leader

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Leaders play a critical role in catastrophic event prevention through their effect on culture. At least one cultural factor was a root cause...

Engaging Employees in Catastrophic Event Prevention

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2014
Implementing an effective process safety system goes beyond documented policies and procedures. It requires behavioral reliability in its execution...

Keys to Avoid Making a Dog's Breakfast out of Your MOC System

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
When thinking about MOCs on a case by case basis it is easy to forget the overall role of a change management system. Think of MOC as a security...

A Prudent Approach to Revalidating Process Hazard Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
The Chemical Process Industry (CPI) has long recognized the necessity of periodically revalidating Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), such as Hazard and...

Improve Furnace Availability and Control Downtime

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
In 2008, Ethylene Producer's Committee sponsored a worldwide furnace maintenance survey among ethylene producers. Out of the 67 respondents, over 70...

"All in" Means "All the Time"

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Process safety must be the responsibility of all technical and operations personnel. As such, this responsibility is not limited to attendance at PHA...

The Role Of Sequential Automation In Improving Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
The ISA106 Committee has released the first technical report for this standard dealing with Sequential Automation for Continuous Process Operations (...

Chemical Explosion Isolation For Small Contained Vessels

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Particle size reduction equipment are used in many branches of the process industries, such as food, chemical, pharmaceutical and energy. According...

Real-Time Risk Assessment and Decision Support

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 1, 2014
Managers and operators of major hazard facilities make complex decisions in hazardous situations as a part of their daily work activity. These...

Popcorn Polymer Fouling in Light Ends Units

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
Popcorn polymer fouling is thought to be exclusive to Butadiene plants, but in fact, there are dozens of isolated cases of popcorn polymer fouling...

The Importance of Effective Project Execution

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 31, 2014
This presentation will provide an overview of the Stage-Gate process used for exection of capital projects in industry.

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