Process Safety Articles

  • 5 Creative & Fun Ways to Keep Safety Top-of-Mind

    The most successful EHS programs are those that are part of company culture and actively engage employees in the process. Safety does not have to seem like a chore or even boring. Engage your employees with using creative, funny or interesting art throughout the facility.  Of course, safety is no joke, but it's nice to take a moment every once in a while and see the lighter side. Here are ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • 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

  • ARCO Chemical - Case Study

    Custom Designed Furnace Reclaims $100,000 Condenser PCPC burn-off oven removed 4,240 lbs. of styrene polymer in compliance with local environmental laws. The Problem: ARCO Chemical Company's Beaver Valley plant in Monaca, PA, a manufacturer of styrene-based plastics, was experiencing severe problems and expense with the periodic cleaning of their ...

  • An Overview of STI Group’s Services for the Chemical and Petrochemical Industries

    At chemical plants it is crucial for operations to be run at optimal efficiency in order to continually satisfy the needs of chemical customers and to allow the facility to remain productive and profitable. Chemical plant facilities and equipment must be fabricated with the highest degree of quality, durability, and reliability. Likewise, maintenance of the facility must be conducted by highly ...


    By STI Group, Inc.

  • Tof-HRMS: Rescuing low-exposure bioanalysis applications from chemical noise

    The drug development process requires pharmacokinetic (PK) analysis to be performed as part of safety and efficacy studies in both preclinical species and human subjects. For high-sensitivity bioanalysis, liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (LC-MS/MS) is considered the gold standard for quantification. However, for some low-exposure applications, ...


    By Waters Corporation

  • Top 10 Most Cited Workplace Safety Violations for Fiscal Year 2015

    The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® (ABIH®) reminds workers and industry of the need to address health and safety hazards in the workplace.  Recently, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) named its top ten most cited violations of 2015 at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo.  OSHA publishes this annual list to alert employers ...

  • 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

  • EPA’s OCSPP Agrees to More Communication, Transparency, and Efficiency When Processing Pesticide Petitions

    On October 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report on an evaluation conducted by OIG entitled “EPA Needs Policies and Procedures to Manage Public Pesticide Petitions in a Transparent and Efficient Manner” (OIG ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Corrosion and fouling control in process equipment

    Effective chemical treatment programmes can help to prevent plant damage and financial losses arising from corrosion and fouling. Corrosion attack is an omnipresent threat in oil refineries and petrochemical plants. It may lead to loss of production, cost of maintenance and repairs, replacement cost for equipment, safety aspects and potential environmental impact. If corrosion is ...


    By Kurita

  • Instrumented Safety: The right balance

    The different functional safety guides and standards such as IEC61508/511, which impose formal schemes for the safety instrumented functions (SIF), have brought significant safety gains to the process industry over the last 30 years. Still, we can observe a drift in the application of those standards, which often leads to increased costs, loss of operability, and, more worrying, a false ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • What Can We Expect From EPA in 2014?

    Lynn L. Bergeson, "What Can We Expect From EPA in 2014?," Chemical Processing, January 20, 2014. Thoughts on what might be headed our way in 2014 from the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Beyond the election-driven rhetoric, ...


    By Acta Group

  • Process cooling in Singapore case study

    Chemical free Scale and Legionella prevention by Fluid Dynamics Introduction The client, Sunstream International is a company specialising in plastics sheet extrusion. Sunstream were installing a new extrusion line in their existing factory. The line has two chillers and a 50RT cooling tower positioned on the roof space. Space was at a premium and also previous ...

  • Environment Canada to publish summaries of risk assessments for new chemicals

    OTTAWA--Environment Canada this fall will begin publishing summaries of risk assessments it conducts on certain chemical substances when they are first proposed for domestic use. The initiative by the department's New Substances Program has the support of industry and nongovernmental organizations, but industry remains concerned about the potential release of confidential business information ...


    By Bloomberg BNA

  • Hope Is Restored In Finally Modernizing TSCA

    In a rare bipartisan expression of support for reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Sen. David Vitter, R-La., and the late Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., introduced on May 22, 2013, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), S. 1009. The bill offers a new and potentially politically viable framework for TSCA reform and renewed hope that badly needed modernization of this ancient law may ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Data and literature gathering in chemical cancer risk assessment

    In recent years, chemical cancer risk assessment has faced major challenges: the demand for cancer risk assessment has grown considerably with strict legislation regarding chemical safety, whereas cancer hazard identification has turned increasingly complex due to the rapid development and high publication rate in biomedical sciences. Thus, much of the scientific evidence required for hazard ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Performance of a GAC and ultrafiltration hybrid process under high humidity and temperature conditions

    The performance of a granular activated carbon (GAC) and ultrafiltration (UF) hybrid process and changes in UF membrane properties were studied. This hybrid process reduced total organic carbon by 59 ± 12% and UV absorbance (UV254) by 88 ± 31%, with GAC accounting for 93 and 98% of total reduction, respectively. Selected pharmaceuticals and personal care products were reduced by 32–92% during the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • South Korea Chemicals Program Targets Nanomaterials

    The United Nations' Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) urges each nation to make efforts to reduce hazards associated with the use of chemicals.  In response to this request, South Korea recently has taken steps to implement a process for the management of ...


    By Acta Group

  • South Korea Chemicals Program Targets Nanomaterials

    The United Nations' Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) urges each nation to make efforts to reduce hazards associated with the use of chemicals.  In response to this request, South Korea recently has taken steps to implement a process for the management of chemicals with the ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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