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Plants use independent layers of protection to prevent incidents but sometimes layers aren’t independent because they reside in the same management system. This article covers how to create a proper management system.
Process operations such as mixing, conveying and blending can cause airborne toxic and combustible dusts that endanger air quality and can create fire and explosion hazards. Here are pointers for properly dealing with them.
This article provides a roadmap for evaluating dust and process hazards, and suggests steps for achieving effective mitigation— involving both prevention and protection strategies — tailored to a given plant.
Pressure relief valves and rupture disks provide essential protection against damage or even risks of explosion from excessive pressure building up in equipment. Understand how these devices work and where they are most appropriate.
The second edition of the American Petroleum Institute’s Recommended Practice 754 “Process Safety Performance Indicators…” contains a number of important changes. Here’s a guide to these changes and their implications for plants.
Having a sound mechanical integrity program in place is crucial
Achieving and maintaining excellent safety performance is difficult. In this first of a two-part series, experts at Dow Chemical describe what the company’s success depends upon and provide practical pointers that other companies can use.
Safety devices that “fail early” usually haven’t. Instead, they have reacted properly to an event to provide the necessary protection. The frequent collection and handling of data often make it hard to see that a pressure event actually has occurred.
Insurers have a vested interest in plant safety and environmental protection, and will keep holding chemical companies accountable for their performance.
Plants handling combustible vapors or finely divided combustible dust face the constant threat of explosions. Besides explosion prevention measures, such sites also should consider strategies to prevent explosion propagation.
Achieving and maintaining excellent safety performance is difficult. In this second and final article, experts at Dow Chemical focus on three important programs that have proven effective that other companies can — and should — emulate.
Evaluating thermal expansion and overpressure protection.
Ten emerging trends, ranging from the very definition of safety excellence to the way safety is handled by companies, will reshape how chemical makers approach and manage safety. process safety efforts in chemical manufacturing. In addition, three important trends will impact process safety ...
A past chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board shares lessons learned from his extensive experience, spelling out his “top ten” rules for achieving an effective process safety management program.
The new head of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board details what the group now is doing and its plans for the future.
Because serious safety incidents occur so rarely at many plants, staff at those sites can become complacent and not take all appropriate steps to avoid these risks. Maintaining a sense of vulnerability is essential to overcome this.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced its top priority is to modernize U.S. process safety management regulations.
If you delegate design work, it doesn’t let you off the hook when accidents occur.
Vanessa Sutherland, the new chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, has big plans for reinvigorating the organization.
Good leadership enforces safety regulations, focuses efforts and inspires confidence.
The IChemE Safety Centre has developed two types of leading safety metrics, one that tracks positive measures and another that focuses on negative factors, that can augment site-specific indicators. This article provides background on these metrics.
This review is the last line of defense before bringing a new or updated process online. It ensures that important factors related to design, safety, installation, operation and training have been addressed adequately.
Events that don’t happen have value, and sophisticated industrial operators know how much.
Not all processes and equipment require relief valves; in addition, the maintenance and record-keeping on such valves can lead to additional costs. Here are some simple but effective alternatives.
Many plants handle flammable and combustible liquids and so can face significant safety hazards. Here are some practical guidelines for selecting an appropriate technique for preventing the formation of ignitable mixtures.