Fire/Explosion Protection

Major accidents with multiple fatalities continue to occur worldwide in the process industries, causing distress to those involved and massive costs to companies. Almost daily, facilities in the process industries face a number of specific major accident hazard scenarios depending upon the nature of the substances they handle and their processing activities. Implementing best practices for fire and explosion protection is paramount.

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Podcast: Lessons Learned From 1994 Texaco Refinery Explosion

Control system failures, alarm floods, maintenance issues and emergency response factored into this non-deadly incident.
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Podcast: Corroded Pipe Elbow Sparks Explosion, Launches 38,000-lb Shrapnel

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board identified five issues with the 2019 Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery fire and explosion: mechanical integrity, outdated equipment, lack of...
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Podcast: Lessons Learned From Flixborough 50 Years Later

The Flixborough disaster in 1974 resulted in 28 fatalities and significant damage, leading to the introduction of management of change processes, improved asset integrity practices...
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Process Safety — Manage The Only Constant: Change

Understanding the two kinds of change, deliberate and creeping, will aid you in keeping your facility a safe place to work.

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EFCE Presents Process Safety Awards

June 1, 2022
Group honors author of thesis and lifetime contribution
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Fire, Frigid Temps Prove Challenging At Chemical Complex

Jan. 17, 2022
A fire at a chemical complex in Passaic, New Jersey, causes a roof collapse but no injuries.
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Polymer Additive Minimizes Fuel Explosions

April 9, 2019
Lengthy but microscopic chains of polymers can be added to fuel to significantly reduce the damage from fire accidents without impacting performance.
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Aerodyne Environmental Introduces Dust Efficiency Clinic

Feb. 5, 2019
Dust collection system evaluations help operators cut costs.

Chemical Safety Board Urges Facility Operators to Brace for Intense Hurricane Season

Aug. 21, 2023
Recent investigations highlight vulnerabilities and urgent need for enhanced preparedness measures.

Sherwin-Williams Paint Plant in Texas Catches Fire

Aug. 8, 2023
Strong chemical odor noticed in area but evacuation not necessary, say Garland Fire officials.

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Urges FERC to Address Hurricane Risks in Bulk-Power System Planning

Aug. 4, 2023
CSB asks FERC to address hurricane impact on chemical safety after incidents at Arkema and Bio-Lab facilities.
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Podcast: Piper Alpha Disaster -- 22 Terrifying Minutes, Countless Lessons Learned

July 31, 2023
The tragedy exposed various deficiencies in safety management and emergency response.