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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.

Process Safety - Management or Leadership?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Process Safety Management is often presented as technically complex, requiring a large staff of engineers and specialists with an array of tools and...

Tutorial on Combustible Dust

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Recent catastrophic dust explosions, the combustible dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), and OSHA proposed rulemaking, have increased awareness of...

Leveraging PSM to Implement Key Elements of a SIS Program

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61511 standard, “Functional Safety – Safety Instrumented Systems for the Process Industry Sector...

Process Safety and Corporate Responsibility

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
In his Keynote Address at the AIChE 2012 Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston, TX, on April 2, 2012, Michael J. Dolan of...

Thermal Safety of Ionic Liquids

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
During the past decade, research and development in ionic liquids has grown tremendously. Targeted applications for ionic liquids include replacement...

Integrity Inspection of In-Plant Underground Piping

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Underground piping inside plant boundaries is frequently out-of-sight, out-of-mind. While there exists a wide body of knowledge, mature technology,...

Social HAZOP At Oil Refine Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
Introduction Maintenance of process safety in the industry several tools are used such as Risk Analysis, Failure mode and events Analysis (FMEA), a...

Operations Management Panel Discussion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012
The intent of this session is to present and develop a framework for management of rotating equipment within the plant. The papers and panel...

Acid Release From Catalyst Tanks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
This is the story of how the cumulative effects of several seemingly innocent changes to a catalyst system resulted in a near miss Process Safety...

What to Do When Nothing Has Happened?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 15, 2011
Often during a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) or a Quantitative Risk Analysis (QRA) study, historical information indicates no occurrences of a...

Ignition of Dust Layers by Mechanical Sparks

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
Dust explosions represent a considerable safety risk in process industry. Statistical records of dust explosions show that 32.7 % of these explosions...

A Work Process for Revalidating LOPAs and Other Risk Analyses

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
The Chemical Process Industry (CPI) has long recognized the necessity of periodically revalidating Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), such as Hazard and...

Systematic Workforce Involvement In Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
Workforce involvement is an essential element of effective process safety management. This paper will describe proven methods of workforce...

Portfolio Risk Management for Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 14, 2011
A majority of PSM tools and risk methodologies are focused on risks at individual sites or process units. For example, PHA risk ranking matrices are...

PSM Auditing Dilemmas

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 13, 2011
In most PSM audits, the audit team will face one or more situations that represent a dilemma. These dilemmas usually require the individual auditor...

OSHA Refinery and Chemical NEP Findings

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 23, 2010
Since 2007, OSHA has initiated two major National Emphasis Programs (NEPs) in process safety. The Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management NEP (...

How to Evaluate Process Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 22, 2010
At first glance it may seem that organizational culture is subjective and therefore difficult to measure. Indeed, even the definition of culture...

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...

Case Histories and Lessons Learned

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
Reviews of process safety incidents and near misses provide valuable learning opportunities. Papers dealing with incidents, near misses, and the...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

Process Safety Beacon: Hydrate Hazards

January
2016
Process Safety Beacon
Water can be a hazard in process plants. When water is mixed with some materials, typically gases but also liquids, it can form a crystaline, ice-like solid. This solid is called a hydrate. When a hydrate forms, it can plug piping, instrument connections, valves, and other equipment, which causes process upsets that may be hazardous. Hydrogen sulfide, acetylene, methyl mercaptan, chlorine, vinyl fluoride, carbon dioxide, ethylene, methane, ethane, natural gas, and other hydrocarbon gases can form hydrates.

Process Safety Beacon: Overflowing Tanks

February
2016
Process Safety Beacon
Although the operations in your storage tank farm may not seem to be very complex, they may actually be more complicated than you think. There may be many interconnections between tanks. You may have to put material in tanks that are already...

Process Safety Beacon: Safety Devices Used as Control Devices

March
2016
Process Safety Beacon
A volunteer at a vintage railroad tourist attraction describes how he prepares a steam locomotive for operation by building up the fire to warm the firebox and increasing the boiler pressure. He explains that he knows that the locomotive is ready...

Spotlight on Safety: Process Safety Begins in the School Laboratory

February
2016
Spotlight on Safety
Louisa Nara
Resources — money, personnel, raw materials, etc. — are finite, and it is vital we value and protect them. Perhaps our most precious resource is the youth who are poised to pursue careers in chemical engineering, where they will take up the mantle...

过程安全事故解析

September, 2015
全书主要介绍化工过程安全管理知识,并基于对50余个过程安全事故案例的深入解析,详细介绍过程安全事故发生的机理、结果、教训及预防事故的经验,以帮助化工领域相关管理人员和操作人员提高安全意识和技能,促进安全生产的实现。

事例に学ぶ化学プロセス安全 Beacon の教訓と事故防止の知恵

March, 2015
本書は、米国CCPS(AIChE)が毎月発行する、実際に起こった事故や不安全状態を取り上げて化学プロセス安全上の鍵となる教訓などをまとめたProcess Safety Beacon(2006年4月~2014年1月号)の和訳、およびその事例についての解説を一冊に収載したものである。

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