Incidents That Define Process Safety | AIChE

Incidents That Define Process Safety


March, 2008





Incidents That Define Process Safety describes approximately fifty incidents that have had a significant impact on the chemical and refining industries' approaches to modern process safety. Events are described in detail so readers get a fundamental understanding of the root causes, the consequences, the lessons learned, and actions that can prevent a recurrence. There are exhaustive investigative reports about these events, allowing you to apply the resulting safety principles to their current operations.


Incidents That Define Process Safety: Page 58, Page 101, and Page 314
  • On page 58, in describing the catastrophic incident in Mexico City, Incidents that Define Process Safety states that the largest explosion was measured at .5 on the Richter Scale  by a seismometers that was 20 km away. Since publication, it has been pointed out that some references give 0.5 as the Richter scale value while others give 5.

  • P. 101, the 2nd sentence in the 2nd paragraph should read:

     "The HF inventory on the Alkylation unit had been transferred into the onsite storage drum as the unit was being prepared for overhaul."

  • On page 314, the date next to the title Exxon Valdez, Alaska is July 10, 1976. It should read March 24, 1989.