process safety Articles

  • The Case for an Integrated Quality Management and EHS System

    By bringing together quality management and environmental health and safety (EHS), the integrated QEHS system is a powerful proposition that delivers a real return on investment over relatively short timescales ...


    By EtQ, LLC

  • Don’t let the bed bugs bite

    What creature feeds on humans and lives in the dark? No, it’s not a vampire—it’s a bed bug! Bed bugs can lurk in even the smallest hiding places and can wreak havoc on you and your loved ones. But, how do you know if you have bed bugs? One sign would be a sudden rash or lots of small bites appearing on your skin. Shedded skin remnants, fecal matter, or even small white eggs ...


    By Bird-X Inc.

  • Safety culture and an effective safety process

    Let’s face it … we have to face it … the waste industry is one of the most dangerous industries in the world. It continually has high rates of fatalities and injuries. While these rates have dropped over the years, the numbers are still too high. To bring these numbers down, it is going to take a team effort on everyone’s part—from large company CEOs to drivers in ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • 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

  • 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

  • Culture – the key to sustainable process safety performance

    What is culture? Some companies wonder why they keep experiencing the same process safety problems. Others wonder why they have plateaued in process safety performance. Culture is KEY. It is the individual and organizational 'DNA' that represents our tendency to want to do (1) the right thing (2) in the right way (3) at the right time, (4) ALL the time – even when no one is looking.The safety ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • 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

  • Managing Process Safety in Ageing Plants to Limit Risk

    Deteriorating components lead to premature failure and unsafe conditions Most industrial plants in the UK and Europe were built between 1960 and 1980 and were expected to operate for no more than 40 years. However, many are still operating today - several years past their expected life span. A lot of equipment is being still used in accordance with the initially selected design ...


    By Elfab Limited

  • 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

  • Using risk-based process safety in contractor selection

    As companies continue to leverage their resources on an ever-wider range of products and services, the number of projects (and contractors) managed will drive the need for a standard approach to contractor selection. Although time is often spent reviewing contractor qualifications for accomplishing the job scope, employers sometimes pay little or no attention to the overall safety record of the ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Job Safety Analysis and Safety Alerts

    When you're working on the field, always remember to apply best practices and job safety analysis (JSA) to ensure a safe workplace. Below are insights into the JSA process, and how it helps manage occupational incidents.  ...


    By EHS Insight

  • E&P facilities: Using risk-based process safety applications

    Process safety and major accident prevention practices for offshore exploration and production (E&P) facilities vary somewhat around the globe. In the United Kingdom, the Safety Case is “king.” Elsewhere, quantitative risk analysis (QRA) is widely used during the design process to ensure that fire and explosion risk areas are identified and either inherently safer measures are integrated into the ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Comfort and safety

    Type HOFGAS® - Ready/C 300  Commissioning 2004Site Moncorneil (FR) Situation Moncorneil is a medium-sized landfill near Toulouse. A heating boiler is to be operated with landfill gas and the acquired heat is used for leachate treatment. In view of the complete landfill design the customer demands a container construction with remote monitoring of the plant.   ...


    By Hofstetter BV

  • 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 ...

  • Process safety and risk management audits for a ceramics manufacturing facility – Case Study

    Challenge Antea Group was contracted by a large, advanced materials organization to provide a Process Safety Management and Risk Management Program compliance audit of a specialty ceramics manufacturing facility in New Hampshire. Processing at the facility is related to the crystalline growth of materials used in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. Processing at the facility ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • CITGO drives management of change innovation for state-of-the-art safety and environment processes

    From the gasoline that fuels your family car to the advanced medical equipment at your community hospital, CITGO provides petroleum based products that improve our daily quality of life. Based in Houston, Texas, CITGO is a multi-faceted refiner and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other petroleum-based products. An integral part of the company’s mission is ...


    By IHS Markit

  • 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 ...

  • 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

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