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New Edition of API RP 754

Publish Date: 2016-06-23
Category: Industry News

The American Petroleum Institute has released the second edition of Process Safety Performance Indicators for the Refining and Petrochemical Industries.

OSHA Revises Interpretation Letter on RAGAGEP

Publish Date: 2016-06-23
Category: Industry News

On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) published a memorandum titled, RAGAGEP in Process Safety Management Enforcement, that addresses the requirements for recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEP) in the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard. It rescinds and replaces the memorandum of the same title dated June 5, 2015. It is intended to be a clarification of the policy described in the earlier memorandum and does not reflect any substantive change in OSHA enforcement policy.

The memorandum is available at:

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=30785

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on setting multinational risk tolerance criteria

Publish Date: 2016-06-02
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in Process Safety Progress, Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 153 - 158, June 2016.

Abstract

Companies that operate in multiple locations around the world face the challenge of developing consistent risk tolerance criteria across their operations in various locations. However, the views of local stakeholders on the tolerability of the risks can vary significantly from one location to another. Indeed, the actual risks that people are exposed to and currently tolerate can vary significantly depending on local factors. The challenges in developing consistent criteria for such multiple locations are described and addressed in this paper. Regulators in several countries have developed numerical risk tolerance criteria and require that facilities meet them. The procedures used in the development of such criteria are described and form the basis for a method that is suggested for setting consistent criteria across national boundaries.

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on the meaning and importance of process safety competency

Publish Date: 2016-06-02
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in Process Safety Progress, Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 171–175, June 2016.

Abstract

Process safety competency is subject to regulation in some jurisdictions, such as in the United Kingdom by the Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) under the Control of Major Accident Hazard (COMAH) regulations. Process safety competency is one of 20 elements in the risk-based process safety (RBPS) management system developed by the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). However, competency as used in this RBPS element is not the same as the competency regulated by the UK HSE. The RBPS competency element addresses managing a knowledge base of process information and not competency as defined by other CCPS publications which use the term with a similar meaning to the UK HSE. This makes for a confusing situation for companies interested in improving their management of process safety competency. The scope of the RBPS element should be revised to address true competency.

Currently, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Management Program (RMP) rule do not address competency. However, both regulators are considering revisions to these regulations, including the incorporation of additional elements from the CCPS RBPS management system that are not currently in the regulations. One of these elements is process safety competency, as defined in the CCPS RBPS management system. This action would result in an inadequate treatment of competency. If a competency element is incorporated into the regulations, it should address true competency.

Primatech to Exhibit at the 2016 Global Congress on Process Safety

Publish Date: 2016-03-10
Category: Primatech News

Primatech will be exhibiting at the 12th Global Congress on Process Safety on April 10-13, 2016 in Houston, Texas.

Representing Primatech at this year's conference will be Andrew Chapman, Shawn Metzler, and Steven Baybutt. 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 Apple Watch!

Primatech Presentation at the 2016 Global Congress on Process Safety

Publish Date: 2016-03-10
Category: Primatech News

The following presentation will be delivered by Primatech at the upcoming 2016 Global Congress on Process Safety to be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas:

  • Process Safety Incidents: Big Picture Revelations by Dr. Paul Baybutt, George R. Brown Convention Center General Assembly Theatre C, 2:20 PM Wednesday, April 13.

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

http://www.aiche.org/ccps/conferences/global-congress-on-process-safety/2016/registration-info

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt will be teaching a new one-day short course entitled "Apply Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking in Process Safety" at the upcoming CCPS 12th Global Congress on Process Safety in Houston, Texas

Publish Date: 2016-03-10
Category: Primatech News

Routine thought works well for most tasks and activities and becomes habitual for many people. Unfortunately, these habits interfere with the need to think creatively in process safety. Similarly, critical thinking often is not practiced and flawed reasoning is not recognized. Indeed, it has been found that people who are not naturally good at reasoning are the most likely to overestimate their reasoning ability.

Many aspects of process safety require practitioners to think creatively about issues and to critically evaluate their own judgments and those of others. For example, process hazard analysis (PHA) methods rely on the ability of PHA teams to identify scenarios using their imagination in a brainstorming process. Also, the ability of team members to constructively critique suggestions by other team members is essential to ensuring that the best possible decisions are made. Thus, creative thinking and critical thinking are essential for PHA study teams. They are also important for other elements of process safety such as incident investigation, managing changes, and auditing. This course teaches the application of these two different but complementary types of thinking.

Click here for more details.

Registration is available through CCPS at:

http://www.aiche.org/ccps/conferences/global-congress-on-process-safety/2016/registration-info

Email: customer_service@aiche.org

Tel: +1 (800) 242-4363

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

Publish Date: 2016-02-26
Category: Primatech News

The letter addresses the need to include process design and engineering as an element in process safety management programs.

The letter was published in the March 2016 issue of Process Safety Progress, Volume 35, Issue 1, page 115.

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on designing risk matrices to avoid risk ranking reversal errors

Publish Date: 2016-02-26
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in Process Safety Progress, Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 41–46, March 2016.

Abstract

Risk matrices are used in process safety to rate and rank risks of hazardous events to help with decision making on risk reduction for processes. For example, commonly they are used in process hazard analysis to rate the risks of hazard scenarios. Flaws in their theoretical framework and mathematical inconsistencies in their use have been identified in the risk analysis literature. These flaws pose potentially serious problems for the application of risk matrices in process safety. One of the most significant flaws is the potential for risk ranking reversals wherein an incorrect assignment of a higher risk event to a lower risk level and a lower risk event to a higher risk level may occur. This article discusses the nature of the problem and describes how it can be addressed for risk matrices used in process safety.

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on design intent for HAZOP studies

Publish Date: 2016-02-26
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in Process Safety Progress, Volume 35, Issue 1, pages 36–40, March 2016.

Abstract

The Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Study undoubtedly is the most commonly used process hazard analysis (PHA) method in the world today. It is based on considering deviations from the design intent for a process to identify hazard and operability scenarios. Often, HAZOP Study practitioners generate deviations using a short checklist of process parameters. This practice likely results in missed scenarios. A full consideration of design intent is needed to ensure that scenarios are identified as completely as possible. This situation probably arises because of a lack of understanding of the HAZOP Study and the scope of design intent. This article describes the meaning and use of design intent to encourage HAZOP Study practitioners to address it fully during studies.

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