chemical process safety Articles

  • The essentiality of process-safety management

    Untitled Document Loss of Life in the workplace is a tragedy of enormous proportion. One of the tools the Occupational Safety and Health ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Organizational Process Safety: Taking Process Safety to the Next Level

    There are many models for process safety management that have evolved since the late 80s. Most companies involved in manufacture, storage, use, and transportation of highly hazardous chemicals have adopted one or more versions of these models, and yet we continue to see many serious and catastrophic incidents each year. This white paper illustrates a model that identifies elements from the ...

  • Overview of risk based process safety

    Process safety practices and formal safety management systems have been in place in some companies for many years. Process safety management (PSM) is widely credited reductions in major accident risk and in mproved chemical industry performance. Nevertheless, many organizations continue to be challenged by inadequate managementsystem performance, resource pressures and stagnant process safety ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • PHASUITE: AN AUTOMATED HAZOP ANALYSIS TOOL FOR CHEMICAL PROCESSES

    INTRODUCTION Safety is an important issue in process design and operation in chemical industry. It is even more critical for modern chemical manufacturing processes, which are either operated under extreme conditions to achieve maximum economic profit, or are highly flexible, such as the specialty chemical or pharmaceutical processes. The importance of safety analysis in process operation is ...

  • The Chemical Safety Improvement Act: An In-Depth Review and Analysis

    In a stunning bipartisan show of support for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that few saw coming, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) (among bipartisan others) introduced on May 22, 2013, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), later designated S. 1009, available online. ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Chemical Switch Cuts Costs, Improves Safety

    By replacing the sodium sulfide chemistry used in its nitrogen oxide (NOx) scrubber with a non-hazardous NOx control chemistry, ChemResearch Co. Inc. (CRC; Phoenix, AZ) reduced its operating costs and eliminated a health and safety hazard. The BIONOxSOLVER™ chemistry, developed by Bionomic Industries Inc. (Mahwah, NJ), provides CRC with a safe, easy-to-handle, high-efficiency NOx scrubbing ...


    By Bionomic Industries Inc.

  • About Chemical Process Plants and Usage of Tanks

    In today’s scenario industrial development has reached new heights with many large scale factories and plants being set up to form numerous products for the benefit of mankind. One such plant which has seen vast growth in the last few years is Chemical Process Plant. As the name describes, such plants have been set ...


    By Greenplant Stainless Ltd

  • The NEP may prove costly to process safety

    Both the U.S. Chemical Safety Board BP investigation report and the Baker Panel report were critical of OSHA’s lack of enforcement in the refining sector. OSHA data indicates that U.S. refineries have experienced 36 fatal or catastrophic incidents since 1992, representing more incidents than have occurred in the next three closest chemical industrial groups combined. On March 22, Congress held ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Process safety culture: Why is it so important?

    Since the introduction of the OSHA process safety management (PSM) standard (29 CFR 1910.119) in 1992, companies have committed considerable effort and expense to developing PSM programs. Unfortunately, serious incidents and audits all too frequently point to gaps in PSM implementation. In the new book, “Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety,” the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Process safety culture: Why is it so important?

    Since the introduction of the OSHA process safety management (PSM) standard (29 CFR 1910.119) in 1992, companies have committed considerable effort and expense to developing PSM programs. Unfortunately, serious incidents and audits all too frequently point to gaps in PSM implementation. In the new book, “Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety,” the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Chemical switch cuts costs improves safety case study

    By replacing the sodium sulfide chemistry used in its nitrogen oxide (NOx) scrubber with a non-hazardous NOx control chemistry, ChemResearch Co. Inc. (CRC; Phoenix, AZ) reduced its operating costs and eliminated a health and safety hazard. The BIONOxSOLVER chemistry, developed by Bionomic Industries Inc. (Mahwah, NJ), provides CRC with a safe, easy-to-handle, highefficiency NOx scrubbing ...


    By Bionomic Industries Inc.

  • 2011 Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    The Acta Group, L.L.C.'s (Acta) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2011 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). In short, the general trends established by the Obama Administration during the past two years are expected to continue notwithstanding the 2010 election results. At the same time, the impact of ...


    By Acta Group

  • Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    The Acta Group's (Acta) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Although the 2012 Presidential Election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation is currently rife ...


    By Acta Group

  • 2013 Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    The Acta Group's (Acta) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Although the 2012 Presidential Election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation is currently rife ...


    By Acta Group

  • Facility safety management - MC Technologies spurs innovation in hazardous chemical management

    Hazard Controls for Chemical Use Just MSDSs Are Not Enough to Protect Workers More than 20 years after the Employee Right to Know Act gave new rights to employees who work in facilities that store hazardous chemicals, individuals in the workplace are still being critically injured, still being diagnosed with terminal illness, and still dying from exposure to hazardous chemicals. ...

  • A risk-based approach to process safety makes (dollars and) sense

    Process safety practices and formal safety management systems have been in place in some companies for many years. Process safety management is widely credited for reductions in major accident risk and in improved chemical industry performance. Unfortunately, traditional process safety management programs are typically based on implementing a standard set of requirements that, in some situations, ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Updating process safety culture: Lessons from BP Texas refinery incident

    “That which is everybody’s business is nobody’s business” - Izaak Walton Chemical process plant safety and accident investigation has attained major strides in the past thirty years. Inquiry reports on catastrophic process plant accidents like Flixborough, Piper Alpha, Bhopal, Chernobyl revealed key areas where strengthening is needed to prevent major accidents in the ...

  • Good Intentions Aren’t Enough: Improving process safety leadership

    A major global chemical company with a good reputation for safety was recently called out by Dr. David Michaels, the head of OSHA, who said: “[This company] promotes itself as having a ‘world-class safety’ culture and even markets its safety expertise to other employers, but these four preventable workplace deaths and the very serious hazards we uncovered at this facility are ...

  • 2013 Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Although the 2012 Presidential Election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Predictions for EPA`s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

    Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.'s (B&C) thoughts are below on what may be headed our way in 2013 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP). Although the 2012 Presidential Election is over, environmental issues will continue to be used to make distinctions between the two parties (or between the House and Senate). Speculation ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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