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Primatech to Exhibit at the 2017 Global Congress on Process Safety

Publish Date: 2017-02-21
Category: Primatech News

Primatech will be exhibiting at the 13th Global Congress on Process Safety on March 26-29, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas.

Representing Primatech at this year's conference will be Steven Baybutt, Shawn Metzler, and Robert Reardon. 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 a Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Wireless Speaker!

CSB Deploying to Site of Explosion in DeRidder, Louisiana

Publish Date: 2017-02-10
Category: Industry News

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying an investigative team to the scene of an explosion in DeRidder, Louisiana that killed three workers and reportedly injured seven. The explosion occurred February 8, 2017 at the Packaging Corporation of America plant while contractors were performing welding on a tank during a facility shutdown.

Revocation of EPA RMP Rule Amendments

Publish Date: 2017-02-06
Category: Industry News

U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) introduced Congressional Review Act (CRA) legislation to revoke the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) risk management program (RMP) rule amendments.

Mullin introduced H.J. Res. 59 after the American Petroleum Institute, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 18 other business groups asked members of Congress in a January 25, 2017 letter to use the CRA to disapprove EPA’s rule amendments.

For further information, see:

H.J.Res.59 - Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency relating to "Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act".

OSHA Issues a NEP for PSM

Publish Date: 2017-02-02
Category: Industry News

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a directive, PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program, CPL 03-00-021, dated January 17, 2017.

The instruction contained in the directive describes an updated initiative by OSHA. Under previous related instructions, OSHA conducted inspections of facilities covered by OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard, either through an instruction specific to petroleum refineries or an instruction related to all other PSM covered chemical facilities, excluding petroleum refineries. The new directive is applicable to all facilities, including petroleum refineries, covered by the PSM standard. NEP inspections conducted at petroleum refineries will be conducted in the same manner as NEP inspections conducted at all other facilities covered by this instruction. Inspections will begin immediately in all regions.

OSHA determined the need for this NEP based on enforcement data, feedback from OSHA personnel and the continuation of a large number of significant petroleum refinery incidents in the U.S.

EPA Delays the Effective Date of the RMP Rule Amendments

Publish Date: 2017-02-01
Category: Industry News

On January 26, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took an action to delay the effective dates of 30 regulations including the amendments to the RMP Rule (Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act). The action temporarily delays the effective date of the regulations until March 21, 2017.

This action was taken in accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review”.

For further information, see:

Delay of Effective Date for 30 Final Regulations Published by the Environmental Protection Agency Between October 28, 2016 and January 17, 2017

EPA Amends its RMP Regulations

Publish Date: 2016-12-23
Category: Industry News

On December 21, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule amending its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations to reduce the likelihood of accidental releases at chemical facilities and improve emergency response activities when those releases occur. The rule is intended to improve chemical process safety and strengthen protections for communities and first responders.

More information about the final amendments to the RMP rule is available at:

http://www.epa.gov/rmp/final-amendments-risk-management-program-rmp-rule

Chemical Safety Board Deploying to Site of Chemical Release in Atchison, Kansas

Publish Date: 2016-10-26
Category: Industry News

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has deployed an investigative team to the scene of a chemical release in Atchison, Kansas that led to a shelter-in-place order for thousands of residents and at least 85 members of the public seeking medical attention.

The release occurred October 21, 2016 near an onsite wastewater treatment plant owned and operated by MGP Ingredients. MGP produces distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches.

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Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on insights into process safety incidents from an analysis of CSB investigations.

Publish Date: 2016-09-30
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Volume 43, pages 537–548, September, 2016.

Abstract

Many incidents have helped to define and develop process safety. Each has provided valuable learning opportunities. However, it is even more important to identify insights that can be obtained from an analysis of a large set of incidents that represents those that typically occur. This larger picture illuminates trends and commonalities and provides learning opportunities that are even more important than the causes of any one individual incident.

The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has published the results of over 60 investigations of process safety incidents. These data have been analyzed to identify commonalities and trends so that measures to help protect against future incidents can be developed. Recommendations are made to address key issues identified.

The article can be accessed for free on ScienceDirect until November 1, 2016 by clicking on the link below. No sign up or registration is needed.

http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1TiPZ3O6UQHUJC

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on cognitive biases in process hazard analysis.

Publish Date: 2016-09-30
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Volume 43, pages 372-377, September, 2016.

Abstract

Many decisions are made by process hazard analysis (PHA) teams in identifying hazard scenarios and determining if there is a need to reduce the risk of catastrophic accidents. Observations of PHA teams conducting studies indicated that such decisions are not always made rationally.

Cognitive psychologists have studied how people make decisions and the conditions under which those decisions may be unreliable. It has been shown that various cognitive biases influence decisions by people and can hinder rationality. This body of knowledge was researched and correlated with observations of decision making by PHA teams during the performance of studies to explain and understand why PHA teams may make erroneous decisions. The application of cognitive psychology to decision making in PHA has not been addressed previously.

PHA facilitators must understand the impact of cognitive biases on PHA studies because they can seriously impact the quality of study results. Hazard scenarios may be missed, risks estimated incorrectly, and important recommendations for risk reduction omitted. This paper discusses cognitive biases that have been observed during the performance of PHA studies, gives examples of their effects, and provides guidelines to minimize their adverse impacts.

The article can be accessed for free on ScienceDirect until November 1, 2016 by clicking on the link below. No sign up or registration is needed.

http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1TiPZ_Ld32e9RN

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on implementing a competency management system for process safety

Publish Date: 2016-07-19
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in Hydrocarbon Processing, Volume 95, Number 7, pages 77 - 79, July 2016.

Abstract

Managing the competency of company personnel is a critical aspect of process safety. Numerous catastrophic accidents have been attributed to a lack of competency. Learn how to establish a competency management system to help ensure your company’s safety-critical activities are performed to an appropriate standard.

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