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Steps to Improve Safety Challenges in Hazardous Environments

Compliance with industry- and machinery-specific safety standards and classifications is essential to make the safest possible environment for plant personnel, especially those working in potentially hazardous conditions Navigating the world of industrial safety standards can feel like being in uncharted…

Detecting and Preventing Spills and Leaks

Comprehensive planning, along with appropriate level-measurement technologies and safety instrumented systems, can empower plant personnel to significantly reduce the likelihood and severity of hazardous chemical spills In most industries that manufacture, use or store chemicals and other hazardous liquids, a…

Critical Components in Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers: High-Cycle Valves

When designing a regenerative thermal oxidizer, engineers should not overlook the high-cycle valves that control process air and help maintain efficiency Regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs) are regularly utilized in the chemical process industries (CPI) to collect and control air-pollution emissions…

Hazardous Materials: What to Do When Disaster Strikes

Detailed plans for handling hazardous materials should be a central part of any chemical plant’s disaster preparedness plan Over the past year, many chemical facilities managed to overcome extreme circumstances. One instance of an extreme event was the winter storm…

Area Electrical Classification in Research Applications: Is It the Only Mitigative Choice?

Area electrical classification is a powerful tool for process safety. It is not, however, the only viable approach to a safe process Electrically classifying an area is a long-standing safety measure in the petrochemical and related industries. It is also…

Practicing Year-Round Waste Compliance

There are many regulations surrounding the production of waste at manufacturing facilities. By approaching regulatory practices in a proactive manner, sites can ensure personnel and environmental safety, as well as continuous compliance When it comes to handling hazardous waste in…

Choosing Footwear for Chemical Working Environments

Selecting footwear for plant personnel is not a “one size fits all” situation — various factors must be considered to ensure the best shoe for a specific application Chemical manufacturing plants generally have questions about their overall safety protection program,…

Process Changes: Understanding and Mitigating Fire-and Life-Safety Risk Factors

When making a change in your process, do not overlook new potential hazards that may arise, as discussed here Large-scale chemical processing can be inherently risky. This is especially important to keep in mind when making changes to a process.…

Detection Systems for Reducing the Risk of Hydrogen Fires

Today’s detection equipment can provide early sensing of H2 gas and flames, provide alarm information to a fire- and gas-safety system controller to initiate mitigating measures, and integrate with process control to further minimize H2-fire risk Hydrogen is the most…

Avoiding SIL Misconceptions

Engineers must refine their foundational understanding of process safety in order to avoid common misconceptions about safety instrumented systems, including safety integrity level (SIL) definitions Learnings from major industrial process accidents occurring over the past half century have driven awareness…