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Book: Plant Design and Operations

Book: Plant Design and OperationsWe are writing a new book with the above title. The working Table of Contents is available here. This is still a work in progress. We do not have a proposed publication date yet.

If you would like to review some of the material that we have written already, let us know.

Offshore Process Safety Conference

The company DecomWorld is holding its 2nd next Process Safety conference in Houston, September 10-12, 2013. Details are available here.  We have written a paper "SEMS: What Next?" for one of the panel discussions. It can be downloaded here.
Offshore Safety Managenent seminar

The conference includes a panel discussion on the topic, “SEMS: What Next?” Panelists are:

  • Ken Smith — SEMS Services
  • Benjamin Poblete — Atkins
  • Michael Davis — Drill Science
  • Robin Pitblado — DNV

Ebook: Safety Showers and Eyewashes

We have published an ebook entitled Safety Showers and Eyewashes. Details are available here. Offshore Safety Managenent seminar

SEMS II: Stop Work Authority / Disobeying Orders

Piper Alpha videoSEMS II - like most process safety regulations - has a Stop Work provision. But offshore platforms have a near-military structure where orders and given and obeyed.

If the Claymore employee had disobeyed his OIM it is likely that many lives would have been saved. But he chose not to act without explicit orders.

Further discussion is provided here.

Ebook: Safety Culture in the Process Industries

The second edition of this ebook is available. Details are provided here. Sample pages are available here.

Topics discussed include:

  • Elements of culture
  • Warning flags over your organization
  • Culture
  • Measurement
  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Lagging and Leading Indicators
  • KPI limitations
  • API RP 754
  • Behavior Based Safety
  • Employee Participation
  • Stakeholder Outreach
  • Inherent Safety
Common Process Hazards

Ebook: Process Risk Management

Process Risk ManagementThe fifth edition of this ebook has been published. Details are available here. Sample pages are available here.

One of the first customers for the ebook, Yigal Riezel, had this to say on LinkedIn,

Following the discussion here few days ago I got already this Ebook and "Scanned" it few hours ago. It is interesting, practical and very helpful in implementing safety, risk and culture issues in various risky systems. I am not surprised as I follow Ian's, up to date, books, articles and even few lectures already 20 years. Ian, thanks for your contribution to my work as practical, trainer and lecturer in safety management.

Ebook: Operating Procedures

Operating Procedures

The 7th edition of Operating Procedures for the Process Industries is available. This 114 page ebook provides detailed guidance on writing and publishing an operating manual.

Further information to do with the ebook is provided here; sample pages can be downloaded here. Discussion to do with the topic of operating procedures is available here.

Ebook: Prestartup Reviews

The ebook describes the topics of Prestartup Safety Reviews and Operational Readiness. Further information to do with the book is provided here. Sample pages are available here and some general discussion here.
Quantification of risk

The term Prestartup Safety Review is used by OSHA in its Process Safety Management standard. BSEE (Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement) uses the term Prestartup Review. A more comprehensive term is Operational Readiness. This term includes concepts such as "Care, Custody and Control", i.e., ensuring that the facility as built exactly matches what the designers intended.

Regardless of the term that is used, this ebook provides useful guidance on this important topic.

Ebook: Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis

Incident Investigation The fifth edition of this ebook has been published. Details are available here. Sample pages are available here.

This ebook describes how to conduct an incident investigation, and how to develop root causes from the findings.

Ebook: Quantifying Risk

The tenth edition of this 70 page ebook (previously Fault Tree Analysis) has been published. Details are available here. Sample pages are available here.
Quantification of risk

There are many qualitative and subjective aspects to risk management, but, where possible, risk should be quantified. Doing so provides a basis for sensible and defensible decision making and for the rational allocation of resources.

This lengthy ebook provides a thorough description of the quantification of risk and how the results can be used. Topics discussed include:

  • Pareto principle;
  • Fault tree analysis;
  • Event tree analysis;
  • Monte Carlo simulation;
  • Markov models; and
  • Layers of Protection analysis.

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Ebook: Common Process Hazards

If you are leading a Process Hazards Analysis then this ebook is for you. Many of he commonly identified hazards are described and discussed.

Details are available here. Sample pages are available here.

Common Process Hazards
Use of the examples shown in in this ebook will help speed up your PHAs and will improve the quality of the analysis. This ebook is also a great reference if you are looking for ideas for Safety Moments and Lunch & Learns.

Book: Offshore Safety Management

Book: Offshore Safety ManagementThe 256 page book Offshore Safety Management shows how to develop an offshore safety management program; it also provides a detailed discussion on how to develop and implement a SEMS program. Details are available here.

To place an order please visit the Elsevier book store.

    Book: Process Risk and Reliability Management

    Book: Risk management in the process industriesProcess Risk and Reliability Management, an 860 page book, was published in April 2010. Check out the book's web page for details and reviews.

    A summarized Table of Contents is provided below (the links are bookmarked to the chapter titles).

    1.   Operational Integrity Management
    2.   Culture and Employee Involvement
    3.   Hazards Identification
    4.   Consequence and Likelihood Analysis
    5.   Technical Information and Industry Standards
    6.   Asset Integrity
    7.   Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) Analysis
    8.   Operations, Maintenance and Safety
    9.   Operating Procedures
    10. Training and Competence
    11. Emergency Management and Security
    12. Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis
    13. Management of Change
    14. Audits and Assessments
    15. Process Safety Management Compliance
    16. Managing a Risk and Reliability Program

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