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October 1, 2014
From plastics and synthetics to fertilizers and fuel, the general public takes for granted so much of what the chemical process industries (CPI) produces, and the risks associated with CPI production facilities are not typically considered. That is, until the next headline-creating industrial catastrophe occurs. The human toll of such disasters plays out across ruined lives, devastated communities and...
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September 1, 2014
Providing information to, and communicating with, staff and colleagues in the workplace is essential, particularly when hazards, incidents or near-misses occur that may impact on others. An...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Get-the-message-across-about-workplace-hazards_12110.html
May 1, 2014
Large petroleum-refining complexes often have dozens of fired heaters, making broad-based competency in this area essential to overall reliability, safety and energy efficiency. Despite industry’s widespread familiarity with fired heaters, they continue to pose significant challenges during initial control-system design and unless properly specified, operated and maintained, fired heaters can hinder...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Fired-Heaters-Best-Practices-for-the-Control-of-Fuel-Gas_11734.html
March 1, 2014
Safety glove for broader industrial use Superior Glove Works This company has harnessed an advanced knowledge of yarn technology to create an affordable and innovative glove, allowing a broader industrial market of workers to benefit from premium safety solutions. The Dexterity Ultrafine 18-Gauge Cut-Resistant Glove (photo) is said to be incredibly dexterous, allowing a sleeker fit and improved finger...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Focus-on-Safety-Equipment_11513.html
November 1, 2013
Working in close proximity to the high pressures and temperatures commonly found in the chemical process industries (CPI) is cause enough for concern over a person’s wellbeing; but working in close proximity to chemicals that are considered toxic, hazardous or reactive escalates that concern to a higher degree (Figures 1 and 2). The dangers of such chemicals underline the paramount importance of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Piping-Design-for-Potentially-Lethal-Chemicals_11173.html
September 1, 2013
Newson Gale Avert static electricity buildup with this hose-continuity tester The OhmGuard Hose-Continuity Tester is designed to continuously ensure that a string of assembled hoses are safely grounded to the transferring vehicle during operations that may produce potentially combustible gas, vapor or dust atmospheres. These testers protect against static electricity that can accumulate to dangerous levels...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Focus-on-Safety-Equipment_10939.html
June 1, 2013
During process operations, elevated pressure inside of isolated zones within a process or system can be rapidly reduced by the release of gas and vapor to a dedicated blowdown network. Analysis can be carried out to determine whether a given pressure-relief device will provide sufficient protection from potential vessel rupture for an unwetted-wall vessel or a vessel containing a high-boiling-point liquid...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Vapor-Depressurization-Concept-and-Implementation_10589.html
April 1, 2013
This article provides guidance to the designer and operator of a safety-instrumented system (SIS), with an emphasis on conducting measurements. The use of best practices to ensure the strength of the overall system design, and the use of instrument diversity to combat common causes of failure, are covered briefly. Greater detail are provided on the use of new technologies — in particular, new...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Safety-Instrumented-Systems-Focus-on-Measurement-Diagnostics_10393.html
November 1, 2012
Leading up to this month’s 2012 U.S. Presidential election, the legislative landscape has been relatively uneventful. On top of their preoccupation with the election campaigns, lawmakers on both sides of the political spectrum have been reluctant to pin their agendas to any bill that might significantly alienate large groups of voters. Nevertheless, two relatively significant changes are coming down...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Are-you-ready-for-inspection_9886.html
September 1, 2012
This article is the first in a two-part series, in which the types of process vacuum equipment (steam ejector systems and mechanical vacuum pumps) are discussed.1 Emphasis is given on how they are constructed and operate, and how to design associated parts of the systems (such as foundations, suction piping, discharge piping, and so on), to ensure safe operation. Many unit operations — including...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Vacuum-Systems-Recommendations-For-Safe-Operation_9685.html
July 1, 2012
After a serious accident at a chemical plant, petroleum refinery or other freestanding industrial facility, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) may immediately initiate an investigation, often getting “in the air” while the emergency is still unfolding. The CSB team will consist of skilled accident investigators who are often accompanied by independent experts noted for their...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Working-with-the-CSB-After-a-Major-Accident_9462.html
July 1, 2011
A new Self-Retracting Cable Reel option is now available for this company’s range of hazardous-area static-grounding systems. The VESM02 (photo) provides a rugged and versatile alternative to spiral (retractable)...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/This-grounding-cable-retracts-to-prevent-damage-from-outdoor-use_8205.html
May 3, 2011
In 2005, an explosion at the BP Texas City refinery facility killed 15 and injured an additional 180. At the time, it was considered to be the worst industrial accident in 16 years, and continues to top the list. While the incident was expected to serve as a wakeup call for the facility management, workplace deaths continued for at least three years following the 2005 event. And, as late as October 30...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Does-safety-milestone-at-BP-Texas-City-refinery-signify-a-turnaround_7993.html
January 1, 2011
With productivity, growth and reliability as constant drivers, the proactive evaluation of all machinery is critically important. In order to gain useful insight, the maintenance team must capture comprehensive data related to machinery operation and carry out a logical interpretation of the data. The conventional language of equipment components — vibration — transmits relevant information...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Get-the-Most-out-of-Vibration-Analysis_6294.html
October 1, 2009
Compressed gas cylinders are widely used in research, pilot plant, laboratory and small-scale manufacturing and processing operations as a way to provide a convenient, economical and safe source of high-pressure gases for various applications. These gases can be inert, flammable, toxic or oxidizing (or mixtures of any or all), and are typically supplied at pressures from 800 to 6,000 psig, with 2,250 psig...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Compressed-Gases-Managing-Cylinders-Safely_5158.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Comments-on-Pressure-Relief-System-Design_4473.html
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...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Pressure-Relief-System-Design_4319.html
April 15, 2008
A good understanding of the reaction chemistry is needed for a safe process design It is a fact that safety-related incidents do occur in the chemical process industries (CPI). These incidents have, in part, led to increased attention to reactive-chemical issues by industry, government and other stakeholders. We know that good safety-management systems take the reactivity of chemicals as well as the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Environmental-Manager-A-Checklist-for-Safer-Chemical-Batch-Reactions_3800.html
November 15, 2007
To ensure the health and safety of workers, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) adopted the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) in 1983. Initially designed to protect workers in the manufacturing sector, the HCS was expanded in 1987 to cover all industries where workers could be exposed to hazardous chemicals. This article gives an overview of the OSHA requirements for material...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Managing-Material-Safety-Data-Sheets-in-the-Workplace_3499.html
October 1, 2007
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (Washington, D.C.) has launched a new Internet resource to help smaller...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Food-processing-aid_3374.html
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