36th Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) International Conference | AIChE

36th Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) International Conference

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) International Conference is one of five parallel sessions that comprise the Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS).  The CCPS Conference promotes process safety by identifying emerging process safety issues and advancing leading process safety...

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) International Conference is one of five parallel sessions that comprise the Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS).  The CCPS Conference promotes process safety by identifying emerging process safety issues and advancing leading process safety management practices. It is dedicated to managing process safety systematically, locally, regionally and internationally.

Papers are selected by session chairs based on an abstract of 100-200 words. The abstract must offer a brief account of the contents, conclusions, and the relevance to the topic area. Submitted abstracts must include the author, their affiliation, full address, email, and phone number. The papers will be published in the GCPS proceedings.  The Call for Papers will close online on November 20, 2020.

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Session Topic Descriptions: 

Effective Process Safety Programs

Effective process safety programs need to have a foundation of a strong safety culture, committed leadership, properly designed and integrated management systems, and operational discipline in following program requirements. Topical papers about developing needs, best practices, new or improved approaches or methodologies, interesting applications, key learnings or trends, or specific examples of successes or actions in progress related to implementing and sustaining effective process safety programs are encouraged.

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Process Safety Performance: It's Been Almost 30 Years!

The OSHA PSM regulation is approaching its 30th anniversary in 2022, yet despite industry focus on process safety and continuous improvement of process safety requirements, significant process incidents continue to occur. How can process safety performance be improved? What factors have the greatest impacts on performance? What new or innovative activities are needed, or what current activities need to be done better?  

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Live Dragons - Know Your Process Hazards

Tolkien says in The Hobbit, “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” Process hazards, like live dragons, have the potential to cause great harm at any time. Effective process safety programs rely on the identification, evaluation, and management of process hazards. Process hazards that aren’t identified don’t get evaluated. Process hazards that aren’t properly evaluated don’t get managed. Lack of awareness or complacency about process hazards, as with dragons, can lead to death and destruction. Submit topical papers related to process hazard identification, risk evaluation, and risk management.

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Process Safety Vital Signs

In the medical field, vital signs are measured to help evaluate the health of a patient and to provide early warning of potential health problems. What vital signs are used to measure the health and effectiveness of process safety programs, and how are they used to help improve process safety performance? If process safety performance is slipping, how would leadership know? What are the causes, and what can be improved? This session seeks papers related to process safety feedback systems, including leading and lagging metrics, audits, and incident investigations. Additional topics include sensitivity to operations, trending and evaluation of metrics, key learnings, and organizational learning.

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Field Guide to Risk Based Process Safety 

The CCPS Risk Based Process Safety book is now over 10 years old. Papers on practical applications of RBPS, pertinent examples, drivers and benefits of success, issues and barriers that limit progress, innovative approaches, and possible new directions are requested. How is RBPS being used and what results are being achieved? What has been or could be changed to make RBPS more useful?

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Process Safety in Unusal Situations

Unusual situations occur that can mostly be anticipated and planned for, but experience has also taught us that sometimes situations occur that are unexpected. They need to be responded to and managed as events develop to maintain process safety focus and performance. Papers related to PSM in pandemics, extreme weather, unexpected economic or political conditions, or specific company business events (e.g., re-organizations, acquisitions, financial losses), or other non-standard situations and how to respond to them including remote work, staffing considerations, etc., are encouraged.

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Non-Traditional Applications of Process Safety 

Application of process safety in non-traditional (e.g., mining) or developing industries (e.g., solar) can help lead to improved safety performance. Examples of the use and benefits of process safety approaches for managing risks where not required for regulatory compliance are desired.

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Career Perspectives on Process Safety

This session seeks papers on insights gained from careers in process safety by experienced professionals as well as the thoughts and needs of new professionals are encouraged. Why choose process safety as a career vs. other career opportunities?  How can you be successful and have a rewarding career? How are process safety careers adapting to changing work environments and the availability of new technologies? How do new professionals develop capability in process safety? What process safety certifications are available?

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Making Process Safety Messaging Stick

How can leadership and process safety professionals build better understanding and commitment for process safety using new or improved messaging and communication approaches that help develop personal and organizational value for the application and improvement of process safety at all levels in an organization? What are some best practices for talking about process safety to build employee engagement and commitment? Papers on what CCPS, industry, and/or companies can do to build and sustain support for process safety are encouraged.

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Addressing Aging Processes and Equipment

Processes are not getting any younger, presenting increased risk of loss of containment incidents if process safety is not properly managed. Aging equipment presents continuing challenges for effective maintenance, retrofit, and possible replacement to maintain safe and reliable operations and, in some cases, meet new or revised consensus standard requirements. This session seeks papers that provide guidance or experience related to managing aging processes, equipment, and infrastructure safely. 

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Applications of New Technologies to Improve Process Safety

How can new technologies make process safety activities more effective and/or less costly? This session looks for submissions that discuss process safety in the context of developing technology fields including the Internet of Things, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Industry 4.0 and Machine Learning.

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GCPS Joint Session: Case Histories

Reviews of process safety incidents provide valuable learning opportunities.  This session invites papers to help understand the causes and lessons learned from incidents in the industry with an emphasis on events that have helped define and develop the process safety field over the years.  

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