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September 1, 2009
Guidelines for Chemical Transportation Safety, Security, and Risk Management, 2nd Edition. By the Center for Chemical Process Safety/AIChE. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 111 River St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. Web: 2008. 166 pages. $125.00 Reviewed by: Stanley S. Grossel, Process Safety & Design Consultant, Clifton, N.J. Hazardous chemical transport poses significant public health and environmental...
September 1, 2009
Security at many U.S. chemical facilities is currently regulated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS; Washington, D.C.; under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS). This rule, however, is about to expire this month, October 2009. All expectations are that CFATS will be extended for a year, while proposed modifications to the standard continue to be debated in the...
August 12, 2009
HIMA (Brühl, Germany and Houston, Tex.), a designer and manufacturer of safety automation solutions, has been selected by Lanxess AG (Leverkusen, Germany) to upgrade an existing ESD (emergency shut-down) system in its hexane oxidation plant located at the Krefeld-Uerdingen Chemical Park, in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany. Lanxess selected HIMA’s HIQuad H51, a safety product...
August 1, 2009
By definition, integrated safety instrumented systems (SIS) have the potential to reduce risks. But recent advancement is also enabling the use of more sophisticated instruments and tools that can benefit the process. For these reasons, integrated control and safety systems (ICSS) are receiving recognition across the chemical process industries (CPI). “There have been developments from a technology...
July 28, 2009
Aerial view of Imperial Sugar following 2008 dust explosion and fire (photo courtesy of CSB)   The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a new safety video depicting how accumulations of combustible dust at worksites can provide the fuel for devastating explosions that kill and maim workers, shut down plants, and harm local economies. Entitled, “Combustible Dust: An Insidious...
June 24, 2009
Mustang (Houston), part of international energy services company John Wood Group PLC, has received Chevron’s (San Ramon, Calif.) Gold Star Award for Safety Excellence, which recognizes contractors with outstanding safety records.  To receive the award, Mustang had to meet strict criteria, including no lost-time incidents or recordable injuries in 2008, while working on Chevron’s El Segundo Refinery...
June 1, 2009
Figure 1.  Many self-testing ground- ing clamps also monitor cable condition back to the designed ground point, and will alert the operator if the cable has worked tself loose or is broken We are all familiar with the effects of static electricity in everyday life — the sharp spark we experience as we approach a metal file cabinet or the crackle we feel as we remove a garment made of synthetic...
May 26, 2009
The Department of Homeland Security established the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) to impose mandatory security regulations on high-risk chemical facilities. Interpreting and fulfilling the regulations present challenges to security directors, but finding the right guidance and working with a security integrator who has experience in the chemical industry can help achieve compliance...
May 1, 2009
By continuously monitoring for abnormal situations, such as a fire, and combustible or toxic gas releases, fire and gas (F&G) detection and mitigation systems are the linchpins to maintaining overall safety and operation of industrial facilities. The premise of these systems is to protect processes and the environment by providing early warning of incidents and enabling actions that prevent them from...
March 1, 2009
Protecting process systems from overpressurization is vital throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). Both safety relief valves and rupture disks are commonly used for this purpose. Sometimes the combination of a relief valve with a rupture disk can add service life to the relief valve and prevent process leakage, which is important from safety, conservation and financial standpoints. This article...
March 1, 2009
Rupture disc devices provide overpressure protection for a variety of storage and process vessels and equipment. The objective of the rupture disc is to maintain a leak-tight seal and be a passive bystander until called upon to relieve excess pressure. While this is generally the case, there are times when rupture disc performance can be adversely affected through various installation, operation and...
March 1, 2009
Technical and specialty gases find use in many synthesis processes and a number of unit operations, in analysis and in plant maintenance. This article outlines applications for gases in fine and specialty chemistry, ranging from synthesis processes and inerting to off-gas treatment and industrial services. For each one, processes and the field of use are briefly explained, and existing technical solutions...
February 1, 2009
Eye injuries of all types occur at a rate of more than 2,000 per day in the U.S., and half of those occur in the workplace. In 2006, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported over 52,000 workplace injuries to the eyes and face, and approximately 70% of those were eye injuries [1]. The need to protect the face and eyes in the workplace is clear. FIGURE 1.  Safety glasses help shield eyes from...
January 13, 2009
I would like to draw your attention to a few points on the November 2008 article, Pressure Relief System Design (pp. 40–45): 1. Pressure drop and pressure loss: The inlet pressure “drop” that the author refers to under Relief system piping is non-recoverable pressure loss, and does not include a “drop” in pressure due to elevation increase. It should be labeled as a pressure...
November 1, 2008
  Pressure relief systems are vital in the chemical process industries (CPI) for handling a wide variety of situations. They are used to prevent pressurization above a system’s design pressure; for venting during an unusual or emergency situation; and for normal depressurization during a shutdown, as examples. In some cases, such as when non-combustible gases including steam, air and nitrogen...
October 15, 2008
Since the original invention of the steady-stream eyewash over 50 years ago, the accepted practice in the chemical process industries (CPI) and other industrial circles has been to flush the eyes with two, separate, arc-shaped water streams, each one flowing from the outside corner of the eye inward (diagram). A little-known, but potentially serious problem with this approach, says Michael Markovsky, vice...
October 15, 2008
This article presents the fundamental concepts of the discharge coefficient, KD, of a relief valve or a safety relief valve, and flow resistance factor, KR, of a rupture disk, and their proper use in sizing an emergency relief system. When these devices are used to protect a pressure vessel, they must be certified according to ASME code in the U.S. Both the discharge coefficient and the flow resistance...
August 29, 2008
Invensys Process Systems (IPS; Plano, Tex.), a global technology, software and consulting firm, today announced that it has been selected by The Arkema Group, a leading multinational chemical manufacturer, to provide a wireless alarm-management, handheld solution for hazardous industrial areas. IPS services and technology will enable Arkema's field operations teams to keep in touch with process alarms and...
July 15, 2008
Workers in the chemical process industries (CPI) would certainly benefit from the "perfect" glove that would be thick enough for thermal insulation, thin enough to promote dexterity and tough enough to protect workers from cuts and abrasion. The glove would also protect against all known chemicals and be offered at a minimal price. This perfect glove, however, does not exist. Processors and...
July 15, 2008
Industrial designer Tore Christian Bjørsvik at Sintef Health Research (Trondheim, Norway; has developed a safety helmet with a soft, flexible inner layer that...
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