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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.

Relief Systems Design: Simplifying Assumptions Gone Wrong

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 11:15am-11:45am
The process of evaluating an entire facility’s relief and flare systems design can be extremely time consuming and costly. In most cases, simplifying...

Impact of DDT on FPSO Explosion Risk Assessment

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
In recent explosion accidents on onshore petrochemical facilities, it has been concluded that a deflagration-to-detonation-transition (DDT) took...

Perspectives on Ragagep

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice or RAGAGEP is a fundamental building block of OSHA's PSM standard. OSHA has announced...

Ethylene Decomposition: A Review

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:45am-10:00am
Under conditions of high pressure and temperature, ethylene can decompose to methane and carbon. This highly exothermic reaction, once initiated, is...

Walk the Line

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Walk the Line Jerry Forest Global Process Safety Manager Celanese 225 E. John Carpenter Freeway Suite 1200 Dallas, TX 75234 (214) 417-1920 Jerry...

Vinyl Chloride Monomer Explosion

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
2007 LPS best paper

Engaging Senior Management In Process Safety: A Case History

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
Traditional PowerPoint style presentations are good for transferring information but were not found to be an effective medium for engaging senior...

Risk Adverse or Risk Ad Nauseam

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
The use of risk management techniques and tools has become more common place in the past few decades, but have we really learned how to use them...

Hurricane Ike Recovery - Electrical & Instrument Systems

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
On September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike struck the Texas-Louisiana Coast causing severe damage to local chemical plant facilities and communities. This...

Are Unconfined Hydrogen Vapor Cloud Explosions Credible?

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
A question is frequently raised by owner/operators of chemical processing and refinery sites as to whether unconfined hydrogen vapor cloud explosions...

Compliance: The Necessary Evil

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Compliance: The Necessary Evil Compliance is not optional. Where process safety regulations are in place and enforced, failure to comply puts one’s...

Influence of Customers on PSM Programs - Hitting a Moving Target

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
What responsible organization does not aim for continual improvement in their PSM program? Lack of resources, lack of commitment, or even conflicting...

Process Safety Culture - Making This a Reality

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
There is a lot of attention on Process Safety Culture. Many implementers see this as an intangible attribute of a company or site. Others see this as...

Steam Trap Maintenance and Design for Energy Optimization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
Steam availability is a key resource and constraint in an ethylene plant and where turbines are used for energy optimization. A steam leak and steam...

Risk Assessment Challenges to 20:20 Vision

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
A wide variety of hazard identification and risk analysis techniques are available. All techniques require knowledge in the fundamentals of the...

Mechanical Integrity 101 for Process Safety Professionals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00pm-4:30pm
This paper prepares you to evaluate your existing practices versus recognized codes and standards and then to efficiently improve or develop and...

CO2 BACT Preparation and Analysis

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
ABSTRACT AIChE 2014 SPRING CONFERENCE – ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER SOLUTIONS SESSION AUTHORS Joseph W. Guida, PE – Director, Process Technology and...

New Silicon-Carbide Joining Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:15pm
FM Technologies, Inc. (FMT) has developed new methods for joining SiC-to-SiC and SiC-to-metal for use in ethylene production. Global production of...

What do a Trash Disposal Site and a Refinery Share in Common

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
These facts are true about refineries – They are always short of hydrogen They are considered by the local community as a toxic site to be controlled...

The Path to New Technology Commercialization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
For process developers, the commercialization of new process technology in the Hydrocarbon Processing Industries (HPI) is a difficult and almost...

Managing Operational Risk in an Enterprise Risk Management Framework

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Chevron has a structured approach to enterprise risk management that is aligned to ISO31000 and consistent with industry best practices including the...

Typical Elements of Process Safety Management

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
This paper will present a suggestion of key elements that will provide grants for companies to develop their process safety management system, which...

PHA Analysis of Loss of Containment Events Involving Fixed Assets

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
PHA Analysis of Loss of Containment Events Involving Fixed Assets Russ Davis, CSP National AIMS MI COE Manager Mistras Group In many cases the PHA...

Unknown Aspects of Metal Dust Explosions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 1:30pm-2:00pm
Dust explosions hazards have been addressed in a number of standards and guidelines aiming at supporting industry to work safely (including NFPA 61,...

Creating a Safety Culture

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:45am-1:00pm

Technology Qualification - Two Subsea Applications

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 11:15am-11:45am
A project that deploys new technologies needs to be confident that the technology can be implemented successfully and will perform reliably as...

Systematic Analysis and Learning from Process Safety Incidents

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
Numerous incidents have occurred in the process industries and caused hundreds of fatalities and injuries. The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has...

Safety Research on Methanol-to-Olefins Process

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
This paper introduces the present situation of methanol to olefin (MTO) process in China, Analyzed the safety technical requirement based on the...

Technology Validation Process for Offshore Gas Fields: A Winding Road

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:45am-11:15am
Technology Validation Process for Offshore Gas fields: A Winding Road Ankur Jariwala Senior Product Manager – Gas Technology Cameron Process Systems...

Improving Plant Safety - an Operator Centric View on Process Safety

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 10:15am-10:45am
Improving Plant Safety - An Operator Centric View on Process Safety Dr.-Ing. Gregor Fernholz, Global Business Development Manager OTS, Invensys,...

Lightning Warning Techniques for Risk Mitigation

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 9:00am-9:30am
Lightning can pose a threat to numerous processes associated with the production and handling of energetic materials and materials that may produce...

Where are We Going? Vision 2020

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:30am-9:00am
CCPS Vision 2020

How to Influence the Organization

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
Process Safety professionals are typically not in the line management organization. Instead, they serve as engineering team members, corporate staff...

C2 Splitter Retray and Control Improvement

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 8:00am-8:30am
As part of an ethylene production expansion project, C2 splitter trays were restructured in the plant’s turnaround in 2012. This change made a...

Auditing IPLs -- Using Safety Critical Functions Manuals

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 4:30pm-5:00pm
The three criteria for an independent layer of protection (IPL) are effectiveness, independence, and auditability. The effectiveness and independence...

Assessing Thermal Stability - the Challenge of Powders

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 3:30pm-4:00pm
Assessing the thermal stability of process materials and mixtures is an essential step in understanding the process safety profile of a process. Many...

Detail Analysis of Caustic Tower Fouling Mechanism

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 3:00pm-3:15pm
To ensure the successful chemical treatment of a caustic system, fouling mechanisms must be identified and their respective contributions to the...

Recent Development in Natural Gas Liquefaction Technology

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
The LNG industry is an ever-changing industry where we face new challenges and solve new problems every day. The shale gas boom, the search of off-...

Leading LOPA Forward: A CCPS Evergreen LOPA Database

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:30pm-3:00pm
With the publication of Guidelines for Enabling Conditions and Conditional Modifiers in Layer of Protection Analysis (2013), Guidelines for...

Human Performance Improvement Going Beyond Human Factors

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:00pm-2:30pm
Today, chemical, petrochemical, and refining processes are better understood than ever. In addition, maintenance inspections and tests, and...

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