There is a lot of confusion around Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) and the associated protection layers. While some may claim that “IEC 61508 certified equipment” is the way to go, others defend the concept of using field data collection and analysis of previously used general purposes instrumentation as the way to select appropriated instruments.
This white paper addresses the controversy surrounding discussions about determining the equipment to use in safety instrumented systems (SIS) and the rules for maintaining them.02/27/2019
The need for process safety in the chemical industry is paramount. Technical knowledge and understanding of hazards and risks associated with operations in addition to the implementation of that knowledge into practice are the keys to keeping workers and the environment safe.
To help optimize process safety, Chemical Processing has put together an eHandbook. It includes insight on:
- Successfully Reduce Process Safety Events – Other companies can emulate the approach proven effective for Dow.
- Tackle Combustible Dust Safety Challenges – Indoor collection systems and proper venting help extinguish flames and contain extra-fine particulates.
- Use Asset Management Software To Improve EH&S Programs – Ability to capture events and link documents improves environmental, health and safety efforts.
This Chemical Processing eHandbook examines some of today’s Process Safety challenges for chemical manufacturers and some of the best practices that can be implemented to make your operations safer.
Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook for insights and strategies including:
- Walk the Line: Company-wide initiative eliminates operator line-up errors. Learn the steps to recognize the errors and implement the solutions.
- Succeed at Process Safety Management: Follow ten rules to ensure an effective long-term program to make your operations safer.
- Properly Pump Condensable Vapors: Each system has benefits and limitations as well as special considerations for handling hazards mixtures. Find out what you need to know!.
Combustible dust explosions are a known hazard in chemical processing,and metal dusts pose a unique danger. Learn why this concern is growing in urgency and the steps industry regulators and technology leaders are taking to improve risk mitigation. Download the whitepaper now.06/28/2016
Are you feeling stressed about how to navigate current refining industry challenges? The downstream oil sector has had more than its share of ups and downs recently. Market dynamics, regulatory forces, and advancing technologies are keeping the refining industry on its toes.
This Chemical Processing eHandbook takes a look at how the refining industry is rising to today’s challenges. Download this Chemical Processing eHandbook to discover insights and strategies including:
• Rising to the Challenges of Today’s Refining Industry: Focus on performance sustainability and safety to navigate a volatile market.
• Taming Your Transient Operations: Use a special method to identify and address potential hazards.
• Minimize Oil and Gas Refinery Downtime: Shutdown and turnaround logistics become easier to coordinate with operational planning tools.
• Take the Guesswork Out of Corporate Safety: Several key elements help drive long-term success of world-class safety programs.
• Improve Vacuum Tower Performance: Advanced temperature measurements can help increase yield and product quality.
How do we make safety in our processes second nature? The concept of inherent safety goes beyond simply not having materials that potentially could damage the pipes, vessels and equipment that make up manufacturing facilities. We need to understand all the ways those materials can be involved in incidents that harm people, the environment and our facilities.
Without a thorough understanding of those scenarios and how they can occur, we can’t properly evaluate the risks posed by different technological approaches and effectively apply inherently safer technologies.
In this Chemical Processing Process Safety eHandbook, we delve in to what it means to embrace the concept of inherent safety and provide tips for safer processing including:
- A variety of strategies that can eliminate hazards from operations
- Improving alarm management – how adopting a pragmatic approach can achieve significant benefits
- A rational approach to combustible dust explosion protection
Optimize your operation in four critical areas – production, quality, energy efficiency and safety – with pressure instrumentation. This paper reviews pressure, flow and level solutions that work across all points of the operation to minimize process variability, gain process insight, reduce maintenance and downtime, and meet regulatory demands. Learn more.06/23/2015
For chemical processors industrial safety is a top concern. Industrial accidents can lead to lost production, injury and in some cases even death. This special report examines how organizations can reduce risk, prevent incidents and ensure safety and compliance in hazardous environments with improved processes. Topics covered include:
- How to Achieve Effective Process Safety Management (PSM) -- Senior managers play an important role in improving PSM. Their efforts should be visible and their leadership felt to ensure success.
- Getting To The Root Of Accidents -- Accident investigations usually focus on operator error or technical failures. However, applying systems thinking may provide greater insights on underlying causes and, in the long run, prevent more incidents.
- Optimizing Safety and Efficiency Through Modern Design-- This ignition protection method helps ensure accuracy, safety and compliance in hazardous environments
For chemical processors, assuring safe operations is always top of mind. In this Chemical Processing Special Report we take a look at three distinct areas of operations and steps to insure best safety practices in each.
- HIPS for Reactive Processes – how this safety-instrumented systems offer advantages over pressure relief valves
- HART DIAGNOSTICS - in safety instrumented system (SIS) field devices have been used for many years by several different SIS vendors. HART diagnostics provide much more information on the health of a field device than can be determined from a standard 4–20 mA signal.
- Proof testing - how this modern method improves efficiency, reduces errors, and meets compliance requirements
Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) are designed to monitor the process and control outputs to prevent or mitigate hazardous events. The design process strives for inherent safety, which is enhanced by applying multiple independent safety layers. Learn how to prevent accidents with prevention layers and minimise the consequences with mitigation layers.05/26/2006
This paper presents best practices that allow the user to quantify the impact of real-world failure causes and to take credit for improvements in system design. Besides selection, it also covers installation and maintenance.08/27/2004
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