Users seeking appropriate process safety systems arent getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Heres how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.
Enhancing safety performance requires diligence and unrelenting effort. The Independent Safety Review Panels recently released report on the safety culture and practices at BPs U.S. refineries where a March 2005 explosion occurred in Texas City, Texas indicates similar failings are likely elsewhere in the industry. Learn what can be done to enhance continuous safety improvement.
There are two main drivers for partial stroking of valves in safety systems: the desire to extend manual test intervals to as long as possible; and to reduce the amount of redundant hardware required for higher safety integrity levels. Like most things in life, it all boils down to one thing: trying to save money.
Understanding the purpose of control and safety systems helps users ensure each is appropriately optimized. The duties of the SIS are to protect the people, environment and assets against unsafe conditions.
Author: Angela Summers, PhD, PE, founder of SIS-TECH Solutions
The proper hand protection plays a tremendous role in keeping plant workers safe. This article answers questions often posed by workers and managers about hand protection products, their applications and limitations.
British Petroleum's tragic March 2005 explosion has been well-documented through the press. Read here to find out how that tragedy spurred the development of a new program addressing management issues at BP.
Author: Foster Finley and Karl Roberts, AlixPartners
A Chemical Processing reader was looking for a solution to a cable hanger problem. At his plant, a 200-lb. cable bundle supported by cable hangers fell and injured one man. Read what advice our readers had for him and take a look at next months' question.
This article is the first in a series of web-exclusive items designed to increase your knowledge about the HART Field Communications Protocol. Read here to find out the benefits of using HART Communication.
Author: Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas