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Executive Order Working Group Releases Fact Sheet and Other Documents

Publish Date: 2015-06-11
Category: Industry News

The Executive Order (EO) Working Group has released a fact sheet, Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security, that highlights their accomplishments to date. The fact sheet provides information on actions that have been taken to improve chemical facility safety and security in these areas:

      • Strengthening community planning and preparedness
      • Enhancing Federal operational coordination
      • Improving data management
      • Modernizing policies and regulations
      • Incorporating stakeholder feedback and developing best practices

The EO Working Group also released these additional documents:

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on competency requirements for process safety auditors

Publish Date: 2015-06-09
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in Process Safety Progress, Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 179–182, June 2015.


Auditing is a critical aspect of a process safety program which ensures the program is designed appropriately and implemented properly. The competency of process safety auditors is essential for quality audits. The nature of process safety auditing is described to clarify the responsibilities of auditors. Suitable criteria for selecting process safety auditors to ensure their competency are identified and discussed. Criteria for lead auditors, team auditors, and audit teams are addressed. Also, performance metrics that can be used to judge the performance of process safety auditors are described.

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors letter to the editor

Publish Date: 2015-06-09
Category: Primatech News

The letter addresses managing process risks and recommends that companies should ensure their process safety programs include some form of meaningful and appropriate risk criteria.

The letter was published in the June 2015 issue of Process Safety Progress, Volume 34, Issue 2, page 106.

UK HSE Releases Guide to the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) 2015

Publish Date: 2015-06-08
Category: Industry News

The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released guidance on the COMAH Regulations 2015 that came into effect on June 1, 2015 (L111, Third edition). The COMAH Regulations 1999 have been revoked.

This guidance on the COMAH Regulations 2015 gives advice on the scope of the Regulations and the duties imposed by them. Many duties are similar to the 1999 Regulations but the 2015 Regulations contain some new or changed duties including:

  • The list of substances covered by the Regulations has been updated and aligned to the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation.
  • Some definitions have been changed.
  • There are transition arrangements for safety reports.
  • For emergency planning, there is a new requirement for cooperation by designated authorities in tests of the external emergency plan.
  • There are stronger requirements for public information including a duty for lower tier establishments to provide public information. There are provisions for electronic access to up to date public information.
  • The domino effects duty is broader, including a duty for members of a domino group to cooperate with neighbouring sites to share relevant information.
  • Stronger requirements for the competent authority on inspection.
  • After a major accident local authorities must now inform people likely to be affected.

A free copy of the guide can be downloaded at:


Primatech has posted three slide shows on SlideShare.

Publish Date: 2015-04-20
Category: Primatech News

Click the links to view them.

Ten Tips on HAZOP Quality Control

Seven Questions Addressed by PHA

Ten Process Safety Maxims

CSB safety recommendations

Publish Date: 2015-04-20
Category: Industry News

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has voted to update the status of sixteen recommendations resulting from twelve accident investigations. They are highlighted on a new CSB web page designed to update the public on status changes for safety recommendations:


Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on defining the purpose, scope, and objectives for PHA studies

Publish Date: 2015-04-08
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in Process Safety Progress, Volume 34, Issue 1, pages 84 - 88, March, 2015.


The preparation of a statement of purpose, scope and objectives (PSO) is essential to ensure that process hazard analysis studies are focused and complete. A PSO statement defines what must be addressed but also constrains studies to appropriate content. PSO statements help to ensure studies are conducted effectively and efficiently. This article describes the content of a PSO statement and provides guidance on its preparation and use.

Primatech to Exhibit at the 2015 Global Congress on Process Safety

Publish Date: 2015-03-04
Category: Primatech News

Primatech will be exhibiting at the 11th Global Congress on Process Safety on April 26-29, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Representing Primatech at this year's conference will be Andrew Chapman, Shawn Metzler, Steven Baybutt, and Kevin McGee. They will be available to discuss how Primatech's consulting, training, and software can assist in meeting your organization's process safety objectives.

Be sure to drop off your business card at Primatech's booth for a chance to win an iPad Mini!

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on a critique of the HAZOP study

Publish Date: 2015-02-25
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Chemical Engineering Progress, Vol. 33, pages 52 - 58, January 2015.


Conventional wisdom holds that the Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) study is the most thorough and complete process hazard analysis (PHA) method. Arguably, it is the most commonly-used PHA method in the world today. However, the HAZOP study is not without its weaknesses, many of which are not generally recognized. This article provides a critique of the method to assist study teams in compensating for them to the extent possible and to help guide the development of improved methods.

Primatech Presentations at the 2015 Global Congress on Process Safety

Publish Date: 2015-02-17
Category: Primatech News

The following presentations will be delivered by Primatech at the upcoming 2015 Global Congress on Process Safety to be held at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas:

  • The Psychology of Decision Making in Process Hazard Analysis by Paul Baybutt, Convention Center Ballroom E, 8:00 AM Tuesday, April 28.
  • Addressing Issues in the Design and Use of Risk Matrices in Process Safety by Paul Baybutt, Convention Center Room 17A&B, 9:00 AM Wednesday, April 29.

Plan on attending and mark your calendars. You can register for the Congress at: