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Process Safety Boot Camp

Face-to-Face 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.

Explosion at T2 Laboratories

Archived Webinar
Sep 22, 2010
This webinar discusses the CSB investigation and findings related to the explosion and chemical fire at T2 Laboratories, Inc. in December 2007.

Flame Flashbacks: Causes and Prevention

Archived Webinar
Apr 7, 2010
This webinar addresses the principle of flammability of vapor/air mixtures, including flammability limits, ignition temperatures, the effect of inerts and how to determine the flammability of any...

Preparing for OSHA's Chemical NEP Inspections

Archived Webinar
Oct 15, 2009
This informative webinar provides an overview of OSHA's Chemical NEP, and outlines recommended proactive measures to prepare for Chemical NEP inspection. This information will assist you in making...

Fundamentals of Fire and Fire Control

Archived Webinar
Sep 16, 2009
This webinar features a live question and answer session with Dr. J. Reed Welker, one of the world’s most respected experts in fire and fire control.

Dust Explosion

Archived Webinar
Jun 24, 2009
Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to these incidents and subsequent CSB recommendations...

Introduction to Flammable Materials

Archived Webinar
Feb 17, 2009
This webinar will provide a basic introduction to flammable materials with the purpose of providing valuable information that a practicing engineer can use to prevent fires and explosions. The...

Recommended Industry Process Safety Metrics

Archived Webinar
Feb 13, 2008
The BP US Refineries Independent Safety Review Panel (“Baker Panel”) and US Chemical Safety Board each recommended improved industry-wide process safety metrics in their final reports dealing with...

Risk-Based Process Safety

March
2019
Back To Basics
B. Karthikeyan
What happens when organizations don’t follow risk-based process safety guidelines?

Process Safey Beacon: Undetected Ball Valve Failure

March
2019
Process Safety Beacon
An incident occurred at a plant with two processing units (Unit 1 and Unit 2) that shared a common line to a thermal oxidizer ( Figure 1 ). Several instruments were due for calibration on Unit 2. Specifically, a pressure transmitter (PT) needed to...

February 2019 CEP Preview

February 12, 2019

Learn to incorporate the bowtie model in HAZOP analysis, brush up on reverse osmosis, understand fire risks of CIBCs, and more.

Foundations of Process Safety

Face-to-Face Course
Offered outside of North America, this intensive and highly interactive 4-day course trains chemical engineers in the fundamentals of process safety...

Enhancing PHAs: The Power of Bowties

February
2019
Safety
David Hatch, Paul McCulloch, Ian Travers
Process hazard analysis (PHA) is a key component of process safety management (PSM). This article presents a technique that incorporates the visual approach of the bowtie model into hazard and operability (HAZOP) analysis.

Editorial: Taking A Minute for Safety

February
2019
Editorial
Emily Frangenberg
In October 2018, TJ Larkin, cofounder of Larkin Communication Consulting, reached out to me with a new idea for CEP: a column that could be displayed and discussed at the safety briefings held at the beginning of almost every team meeting in the chemical process industries (CPI).

Process Safety Beacon: Keep Critical Safeguards Functional

February
2019
Process Safety Beacon
In 1999, an electrical failure (without the loss of steam pressure) caused an alumina slurry digestion and flash system to lose power and catastrophically overpressure. The event triggered a boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion (BLEVE) that...

Spotlight on Safety: Treat Contractors as Invited Guests

February
2019
Spotlight on Safety
John Herber
Not only am I often a contractor at client sites, but about 30% of my career has been spent working directly with construction contractors who have been key to the success of many projects. My father was a construction worker for 35 years and although he didn’t work in chemical plants, he worked around many different hazardous operations. It is the responsibility of the companies that hire us to keep me, my father, and our fellow contractors safe.

January 2019 CEP Preview

January 11, 2019

Determine the best catalyst replacement interval for fixed-bed reactors, boost fan performance and efficiency, meet the Caltech 6, and much more.

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