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Book: Plant Design and Operations
|We 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.|
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
|We have published an ebook entitled Safety Showers and Eyewashes. Details are available here. |
|SEMS 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.
|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
- Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
- Lagging and Leading Indicators
- KPI limitations
- API RP 754
- Behavior Based Safety
- Employee Participation
- Stakeholder Outreach
- Inherent Safety
|The 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.
|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.
|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.|| |
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.
| ||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.
|The tenth edition of this 70 page ebook (previously Fault Tree Analysis) has been published. Details are available here. Sample pages are available here.|| |
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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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.
|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.