(101d) Inherently Safer Chemical Processes

Authors: 
Moore, D. A., AcuTech Group, Inc.
Rose, M., AcuTech Group, Inc.
Heller, D. M., AcuTech Consulting Group
Hazzan, M., AcuTech Group, Inc.
Dowell, III, A. M., Rohm & Haas Company


The classic reference from CCPS ?Inherently Safer Chemical Processes, A Life Cycle Approach?, 1st Edition, 1996 , was updated in 2006-7. The goal of this book is to influence the future state of chemical process evolution by illustrating and emphasizing the merits of integrating process research, development, and design into a comprehensive process that balances safety, capital, and environmental concerns throughout the life cycle of the process. The authors hope that this book will influence the next generation of engineers and chemists as well as current practitioners and managers in the field of chemical processing.

Lessons learned since the first edition of the CCPS® inherent safety concept book in 1996, combined with the fact that inherently safer design (ISD) is becoming more widely accepted prompted CCPS® to update the book. Also, since 1996, several jurisdictions have mandated consideration of inherently safer design for certain facilities, and such requirements have been proposed at the Federal level in the United States. In particular, there is a need for more guidance, especially in practical, step-wise approaches to conduct inherently safer studies. This edition builds on the first edition with the same philosophy but clarifies the concept with recent research and thoughts of practitioners, added examples, added more industry methods, security issues and a discussion on regulatory issues. A key feature of the new book is the clarification of the meaning of inherently safer design by setting 1st and 2nd ?orders' of inherently safer design. This is distinguished with layers of protection.

Numerous added examples and checklists make this a very practical guide and a good edition to the library of anyone involved in process risk management.