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Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Whatever you call it, HazOp, Hazid, PHA, HIR,  or some other name...you'll do it better if you use Think 6 Look 6 to consider all the hazard management issue.  Ask us for help if you require assistance.

Here is this Months Bulletin from the folks at Process Safety Beacon.

CCPS Middle EastRegional Meeting April 2014

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Delegates from the Middle-east are now able to register for the 2nd CCPS regional meeting to be held in Abu Dhabi on Monday April 28th.

This regional meeting will occur at the University of Abu Dhabi and there will also be a networking dinner prior to the event on Sunday, April 27th..

The aim of the regional meeting is to provide a platform to PSM leaders and professionals to share their knowledge and experience among other CCPS member companies, CCPS worldwide activities, trigger new PSM initiatives and understand the perspectives on future CCPS meetings and conferences.

The meeting registration cost US$100 for CPS members and US$200 for non-members.

The networking Dinner is an additional US$50.

For further information, please visit the CCPS Website.

International Code Council Launches New Fire Code

Graham Marshall - Thursday, March 06, 2014

Following the death's of six workers at the Kleen Energy Power Generation Facility in Middletown (Connecticut, USA), the International Code Council (ICC) has revised the International Fire Code (IFC) and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) to prohibit the unsafe practice of "gas blows"; in which flammable gas is blown under high-pressure down newly-constructed or repaired piping in an effort to clean and remove debris from the pipes prior to start-up.

The process of "gas-blowing" is inherently unsafe.

At the Kleen Energy facility, the high pressure gas blow was used to clean pipes prior to the start up of generator turbines; but the gas found an ignition source; and the six workers were killed in the subsequent huge explosion.

Alternative non-flammable gases are safe to use in "gas blowing" scenario's, including compressed air, so there is no need to use flammable gases.

Over 40 Countries, including the USA subscribe to the ICC codes.

New Job for Gulf of Mexico

Graham Marshall - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

We're pleased to have won a contract to develop around 120 Standard Operating Procedures for the Baldplate Platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

The job involves ensuring the SOPS are written in line with the requirements of the SEMS firmly embedded.

We've been chosen for the job following our success in developing a suite of Procedures for completion operation in the Bakken oilfield in North Dakota.

CCPS Middle East Regional Meeting

Graham Marshall - Monday, September 30, 2013
The good folks at the Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) are hosting their 1st CCPS Middle East Regional Meeting.

The meeting is taking place on October 7th 2013 in Dubai at the Park Hyatt Hotel.

Registration is still open but with limited seats now available. 

And best of all, attendance of this meeting is free, therefore be sure to register pretty quickly.

Plus, the CCPS has negotiated a discounted room rate at the Park Hyatt Dubai.

So reserve your guest room, use the group code F200.

The CCPS meeting is designed to provide a platform to Process Safety Management leaders and professionals to share their knowledge and experience among other CCPS member companies. 

For more information on sponsorships or attendance, please visit the CCPS Website or contact Umesh Dhake, or Lamese Bader at CCPS.

Water Pump Explosions

Graham Marshall - Friday, September 06, 2013

Corrosion Under Insulation

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, May 07, 2013
If moisture is able to enter the space between insulation materials and carbon-steel piping, it is likely to eventually lead to corrosion under the insulation.

The protective coating systems on the piping are likely to break-down over time in such circumstances; and can lead eventually to a loss of containment incident.

The problem of corrosion under insulation is enhanced when moisture ingress and temperature range form ideal conditions for corrosion to occur.

Corrosion under insulation is often very difficult to identify.

It is critical that systems that may be exposed to corrosian under insulation have a sufficeint maintenance strategy involving inspection and ongoing monitoring.

Effective inspection and monitoring for corrosion under insulation may require the periodic removal of all insulating materials.

And remember, corrosion damage may occur in areas on the pipeline system that are quie remote from the point of moisture ingress.

So a check of the full system may be necessary.

CCPS Beacon May 2013

Graham Marshall - Thursday, May 02, 2013

This month's Centre for Chemical Process Safety Beacon, shown below, highlights the issues fro pressure relief valce bonnets - and whether to plug or not to plug.

Human Factors Information Paper

Graham Marshall - Sunday, April 21, 2013

Enclosed here is a Human Factors Information Paper produced by NOPSEMA in Australia and addressing issues around personnel resourcing on offshore platforms. 

It makes for interesting reading.

It makes the following key messages:

  Appropriate personnel resourcing processes contribute to effective risk management;

  An understanding of the impact of time pressure and fatigue on human reliability should be applied to resourcing activities;

  Emergency response positions should be well resourced at all times;

  Maintenance activities should be designed and scheduled to reduce the likelihood of error, particularly in relation to interruptions and time pressure;

  Maintenance activities should be subject to independent checks to mitigate any errors that may have occurred prior to task closeout;

  Supervisors should develop a working knowledge of human error and performance shaping factors, and should apply that knowledge in their daily activities;

  Organisational systems and structures should be in place to support supervisors in managing relevant performance shaping factors; and

  Supervisors should not be overburdened with administrative tasks; rather their priority should be to spend sufficient time coaching their employees.

CCPS Process Safety Conference Perth WA

Graham Marshall - Friday, April 19, 2013
The first Centre for Chemical Process Safety Australia-Oceania Conference on Process Safety, part of CCPS’ Global Congress on Process Safety family, will be presented by the CCPS July 15-17, 2013 in Perth, Western Australia.

This conference aims to bring together professionals, government, and others with an interest in process safety in Australia, Oceania, and Southeast Asia region.

The Conference will share advancements in process safety in the energy, chemical, mining, offshore industry and other sectors.

The Conference will be particularly useful for new and experienced process safety professionals with responsibility for:

Process Safety Management;

Plant Management;

Health Safety and Environment;

Operations and Maintenance;

Integrity Management; and

Emergency Response.

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