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Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs in the Process Industries


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List of Tables xix List of Figures xxi Files on the Web Accompanying This Book xxii Acknowledgements xxv Foreword xxvii Preface xxix 1. Introduction 1 1.1 Process safety management 3 1.2 Normalization of deviance 4 1.3 A strategy for response 5 1.4 Maintaining organizational memory and a healthy sense of vulnerability 7 1.5 Risk based process safety 8 1.6 Our target audience 11 1.7 How to use this book 12 1.8 Case study ? Toxic gas release in India 13 2. Incident Mechanics 17 2.1 Incidents do not just happen 17 2.2 Incident models 17 2.3 Case study ? Benzene plant explosion in China 27 3. Leadership and Culture 29 3.1 How does leadership affect culture? 29 3.2 The leadership and culture related warning signs 32 3.3 Case study ? Challenger space shuttle explosion in the US 46 4. Training and Competency 49 4.1 What is effective training and how is competency measured? 49 4.2 The training and competency related warning signs 51 4.3 Case study ? Gas plant vapor cloud explosion in Australia 62 5. Process Safety information 65 5.1 Critical information to identify hazards and manage risk 65 5.2 The process safety information related warning signs 66 5.3 Case study ? Batch still fire and explosion in the UK 6. Procedures 79 6.1 Safe and consistent operation 79 6.2 The procedure related warning signs 81 6.3 Case study ? Nuclear plant meltdown and explosion in the Ukraine 95 7. Asset Integrity 97 7.1 Systematic implementation 97 7.2 The asset integrity related warning signs 99 7.3 Case study ? Refinery naphtha fire in the US 114 8. Analyzing Risk and Managing Change 177 8.1 Risk management 117 8.2 The risk analysis and management of change related warning signs 121 8.3 Case study ? Cyclohexane explosion in the UK 9. Audits 139 9.1 Audits support operational excellence 139 9.2 The audit related warning signs 141 9.3 Case study ? Chemical warehouse fire in the UK 10. Learning From Experience 149 10.1 Methods for continuous improvement 149 10.2 The learning from experience warning signs 151 10.3 Case study ? Space shuttle Columbia incident in the US 159 11. Physical Warning Signs 163 11.1 The everyday things matter 163 11.2 The physical warning signs 164 11.3 Case study ? Resin plant dust explosion in the US 172 12. A Call to Action 175 12.1 Actions you can take now for each warning sign 176 12.2 A simple plan to consider for rigorous implementation and follow-up 177 12.3 Actions to consider 180 12.4 Summary 183 Appendix A. Incident Warning Sign Self Assessment Tool 187 Appendix B. Composite List of Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs 199 References & Selected Regulations 205 Acronyms and Abbreviations 213 Glossary 215 Index 221

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Since 1985, the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) hasbeen the world leader in developing and disseminating informationon process safety management and technology. CCPS, an industrytechnology alliance of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers(AIChE), has published over eighty books in its process safetyguidelines and process safety concepts series, and over a hundredtraining modules through its Safety in Chemical EngineeringEducation (SACHE) series.


"The CCPS and the authors (AntiEntropcis, Inc,) are to be commendedon producing a very informative and useful book that will help tominimize process plant accidents if the principles in the book arefollowed ... This book will be very useful to plant operatingpersonnel and process safety/loss prevention specialists to helpthem evaluate their processes and systems." (Process SafetyProgress, 1 June 2012)

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