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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.

Emergency Block Valves

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
An Emergency Block Valves (EBV) is used as a means of isolating flammable or toxic substances in the event of a leak or fire. The installation, and...

Design Challenges in Tankage Modernization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
In order to comply with regulation requirements, a refinery needs to perform major revamps to produce different grades of Diesel, namely ULSD, Off-...

Modeling of Ground Flare Pits

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
New LNG liquefaction facilities have been configured to include large ground flares to allow for the safe combustion of large volumes of combustible...

Modeling of Underground Hydrogen Pipelines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Hydrogen is a critical component in the production of cleaner fuels. Underground pipelines provide a safe, reliable supply of hydrogen to refineries...

More LOPA Misapplied: Common Errors and How to Avoid Them

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) continues to be more and more widely utilized in the Petrochemical and other industries. LOPA is a “simplified”...

Fatal Exposure: Tragedy At DuPont

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
This investigation by the United States Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) provides unique lessons in process safety. Three...

Evaluation of Dispersion Models for LNG Siting Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
The federal safety standards for LNG facilities under 49 CFR Part 193 approves the use of specific dispersion models for performing vapor-gas...

Flash Fire From a Hot Combustible Liquid

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
A truck driver loading a tanker was fatally injured in a flash fire. The accident occurred at the loading rack of a petroleum refinery. The truck...

Two Incompetent Workers; Too Close for Comfort ñ Part 1

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Learning from experience is one of the four pillars of Risk-Based Process Safety. Incidents that occur at one facility often provide opportunities to...

Societal Risk Criteria and Pipelines

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
The discussion of societal risk criteria for the process industry began in the 1970's, led primarily by the Dutch and British governments. Most of...

Acetylene Converter Safety Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 4, 2012
Acetylene is produced as a by-product during the pyrolysis cracking of hydrocarbons in ethylene plant furnaces. Typically the acceptable acetylene...

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...

Taking a Risk for Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Taking a Risk for Safety Over the last twenty years companies in the process industries have invested heavily in their occupational safety programs...

Opportunities and Challenges for Advanced Biofuel Industry

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Biofuels have been criticized for leading to rise in food costs. Advanced biofuels steer clear of this controversy as they are produced mostly from...

Critical Alarm Management : Connecting the Dots

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
In the aftermath of some high profile national security incidents, investigations starting with the catastrophe or near miss and working backwards...

Safety Management System Challenges for Small Companies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Ester Brawley, Steve Maher “Unique Challenges Facing Small Companies Developing and Implementing PSM” Small Companies that are subject to PSM face...

A Pre-Plan for Process Safety Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
This paper will present the steps a small pharmaceutical research and development company is taking to prepare for Process Safety Management (PSM)...

Eliminating Difficult Start Ups with State Based Controls

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Some processes are just difficult to start up. Every year, significant production is lost due to start up delays, product quality issues after...

Process Safety Regulations - Blessing or Curse?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Are Process Safety / Risk Management regulations a blessing or a curse? The answer of course is “it depends.” There is little doubt that Process...

Hydrogen Membrane Technology for Ethylene Production

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
HYDROGEN TRANSPORT MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY FOR ETHYLENE PRODUCTION U. (Balu) Balachandran, T. H. Lee, C. Y. Park, and S. E. Dorris Energy Systems...

Relief Design for Laboratories and Pilot Plants

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Relief evaluation and system design for laboratories and pilot plants presents unique challenges to the relief designer. Relief devices designed for...

Practical Process Integration Retrofit Part 3. Path Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 3, 2012
Practical Process Integration Retrofit Part 3. Path Analysis G.T.Polley The concept of transferring heat along paths was first suggested by Dhole [1...

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