2019 Significant Process Safety Incidents

Process safety incidents can be catastrophic, destroying company assets and reputations. These fires, explosions, and toxic releases continue to occur despite the regulations, engineering standards, and best practices that have been implemented by industry. 

Awareness and prevention

Petrochemical plants are not the only type of industry experiencing process safety incidents. Agriculture, mining, steel, pharmaceutical, food, and manufacturing facilities of all kinds experience process safety incidents. Often after major process safety events, governments step in with more regulations in an attempt to put a stop to these incidents — because after each event it’s clear that these incidents were preventable. 

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is a technical entity of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Find out more about how industry is collaborating with others through CCPS to reduce risks related to process safety.

Risk Based Process Safety

This video is a summary of significant process safety incidents during the year 2019. The purpose of maintaining awareness and sharing process safety incidents each year is to promote the Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) approach to lessons-learned and to encourage industry to maintain a sense of vulnerability. This allows our members to be up to date on the latest news regarding process safety as we strive to be strong, smarter, and more effective in the ongoing effort to reduce process safety incidents to zero.


CCPS is a not-for-profit corporate membership organization within AIChE, with more than 230 member companies in over 40 different countries, bringing together industry and government agencies, consultants, academicians and insurers with the express purpose of being the global leader in process safety. With more than 130 publications, along with process safety tools accessible to member companies, CCPS is at the forefront of global efforts to improve process safety performance. 

Learn more about CCPS and becoming a member.