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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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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-...

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...

Human Error. a Myth Eclipsing Real Causes

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Abstract Human Error. A myth eclipsing real causes For years the professionals involved in the investigation of industrial accidents have identified...

LOPA: Ventajas De La Buena gestión De Las Capas De protección

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
LOPA: Ventajas de la buena gestión de las capas de protección Ana María Macías Juárez, MBA, MPICP MAJA Consulting Group, S.A. de C.V. Habaneras...

The Nature of Ammonium Nitrate Decomposition and Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Ammonium nitrate explosions can cause significant destruction as shown with examples in West, Texas (2013) and Tianjin, China (2015). Yet, ammonium...

Elongated VCE Blast Waves and Structural Damage

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Elongated congested volumes are common at chemical processing and petroleum refining facilities due to the arrangement of processing units, but there...

Major Accidents: Managing the First 96 Hours

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Effectively responding to a major accident requires a prompt, sure-footed approach; especially with criminal prosecutions for endangerment and...

Last Line of Defense - Improving Our Step Back 5x5

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
Last Line of Defense - Improving Our Step Back 5x5 Â Step Back 5x5 is our last layer of defense and perhaps our most important. This paper shows how...

Selection of Cases for Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 27, 2017
In many industrial facilities, toxic and/or flammable substances are discharged directly to the atmosphere. To ensure compliance with health, safety...

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