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Rosen R.,CCPS
4th Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSM2) Forum 2015 - Topical Conference at the 2015 AIChE Spring Meeting and 11th Global Congress on Process Safety

There are many critical points for inclusion in a Risk Based Process Safety program. This paper focuses on ten of them. While a person could come up with many more, these are the most important in the author's experience. Source

Hendershot D.C.,CCPS
Process Safety Spotlights 2014 - Topical Conference at the 2014 AIChE Spring Meeting and 10th Global Congress on Process Safety

Inherently Safer Design (ISD) is a holistic approach to making the development, manufacturing, and use of chemicals safer. Over time, there have been many developments on the concept of inherent safety; however, currently there is a growing fixation on only one element of ISD: substitution. This paper will present an overview of ISD and its elements of minimize, substitute, moderate, and simplify. In addition, the life cycle of a process will be explained in context of ISD to further explain the most effective use of ISD as well as other risk mitigation methods and strategies. Copyright © Dennis C. Hendershot. Source

Bhatnagar V.,PTAI | Berger S.,CCPS
Society of Petroleum Engineers - Offshore Europe Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition 2011, OE 2011

The US presidential commission's "Deep Water" report inquiring into the causes of a recent Gulf of Mexico accident recommends an independent industry-run safety organization along the lines of the nuclear and the chemicals industry for the US offshore industries. The report in reference to essential features of this "self-policing" organization states: "The main goal is to drive continuous improvement in every company's standards and performance, measured against global benchmarks" and The industry needs to benchmark safety and environmental practice rules against recognized global best practices." CCPS has published recommended lagging and leading indicators of Process Safety performance which enable companies to track and monitor their efforts. Lagging indicators help companies compare their process safety performance in regard to incident frequency and severity, i.e. tier 1 and 2 events. Comparison of leading indicators level, i.e. tier 3 and 4 activities, isn't possible without establishing a deeper understanding of the management decision process. Tier 1 and 2 data is relatively easy to obtain but there is currently no way for companies to formally compare how their respective tier 3 and 4 practices affect either the consequences or the severity of the outcome. Formal benchmarking provides an opportunity for companies to identify gaps in their current practices so that they can work towards continuous improvement. By sharing their data they help create a better understanding of industry best practices that then become global benchmarks for others to emulate. The paper details salient aspects of a process safety benchmarking initiative recently developed in conjunction with CCPS that considers performance on six of the twenty Risk-Based Process Safety elements. The paper briefly describes how the program was developed and provides new insights into HSE management. Later, it illustrates how the upstream industry can learn from the downstream industry. Copyright 2011, Society of Petroleum Engineers. Source

Herber J.,CCPS
11AIChE - 2011 AIChE Spring Meeting and 7th Global Congress on Process Safety, Conference Proceedings

A discussion covers a practical approach for applying PSM to ammonia refrigeration systems; background information on ammonia refrigeration systems; ammonia refrigeration releases; OSHA's inclusion of ammonia refrigeration in its PSM Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 2011 AIChE Spring Meeting & 7th Global Congress on Process Safety (Chicago, IL 3/13-17/2011). Source

Vaughen B.K.,BakerRisk Inc. | Downes A.,Honeywell | Fox J.,Dow Corning | Belonger D.,CCPS
Process Safety Progress

An approach to help a company reduce duplication of its management efforts as it improves its process safety performance is described in the CCPS book "Guidelines for Integrating Management Systems and Metrics to Improve Process Safety," scheduled to be published in 2015. This article provides an overview for the book, describing how a company can identify and prioritize its process safety-related risks across its separate safety, health, environmental, quality, and security groups (SHEQ&S), helping ensure that decisions made at any level in the company, whether corporate, regional, or local, do not increase its overall risk. An example showing some metrics affecting process safety performance across the SHEQ&S groups is provided to help the reader apply this approach to their organization. The Guideline addresses the risk reduction efforts and complex interaction between these groups, focusing on process safety-related metrics that cross the different SHEQ&S group boundaries. This book combines the Plan, Do, Check, Act management life cycle approach, the Bow Tie barrier analysis risk reduction approach, the Risk-Based Process Safety concepts and applies recent advances for identifying and implementing process safety-related metrics. The bottom line: A company can improve its overall process safety performance using process safety-related metrics in an integrated SHEQ&S management system. © 2015 American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Source

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