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Welcome to Sutton Technical Books. We provide books, ebooks and checklists for managers, engineers and executives in the process industries. If you would like to be on our mailing list please enter your email in the SafeSubscribe box below.

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The PSM Report

We publish a letter that discusses events and information of interest to the process safety world. If you are not on our distribution and would like to receive this letter by email please register using the "Join Our EMail List" link at the top of this page.

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Weekly Blog

We also publish a weekly blog and videos to do with the design, operation and safety of process facilities. Some of the latest posts are shown below.

Contractors in the Process Industries

We have prepared a three-part series of video posts to do with contractors and their role in the process industries. The series is organized as follows:

  1. The first post discusses the role of contractors in the process industries and shows how they are taking on an ever increasing proportion of the work and so are increasingly responsible for safety performance. The narrative text for the video is available here.
  2. The second post provides some thoughts to do with the regulations and standards to do with contractors and their management.
  3. The final post describes the interface between contract companies and the operating company that hires them. The role of bridging documents is discussed.
Operator Contractor Process Safety

Prestrartup Reviews

This video post discusses the important, yet frequently misunderstood, topic of Prestartup Reviews, also known as Pre Startup Safety Reviews.

The video is organized into the following sections.

• Introduction
• What the Review Is Not
• Regulations
• Types of Review
• Restart Reviews
• Organizational Responsibility
• Elements of Process Safety Management

Prestartup Review

Career Advice

Using the "Jack of All Trades" list as a starting point, Career Advice suggests that the following items should be considered when selecting a career assuming that we are entering an Age of Limits and that what worked in the past may not be so effective in the years to come. 

  1. Make stuff;
  2. Shop locally;
  3. Simplify;
  4. Think holistically;
  5. Be adaptable.
Career-Advice

Jack of all Trades

In Jack of All Trades we suggest that engineers and safety professionals possess skills and education that will be very useful if times of change. These include:

1. Systems thinking
2. Handling uncertainty
3. Physics, not Economics
4. Integrity of language
5. Numeracy

Jack-of-All-Trades

We Hope It Rains

This post discuss the topic of denial — why people choose not to respond to looming crises. The post then suggests that engineers and safety professionals are in a good position to organize and validate the facts behind the discussions.

Denial

Age of Limits

We also publish a weekly blog and videos to do with the design, operation and safety of process facilities. Some of the latest pos

In addition to providing material to do with Process Safety Management we also publish posts to do with the “Age of Limits”. As resources such as oil and ground water become ever more difficult to extract, and as environmental limits become ever more apparent, the process industries will need to react so as to ensure that high levels of safety are maintained and that operations continue smoothly.

Some of the posts that we have written on this topic are listed here.

Book: Process Risk and Reliability Management

Book: Process Risk and Reliability Management The 2nd edition of this large, thorough and comprehensive book has been published. It includes new chapters and much new material. Details are available here.



The book has 20 chapters and 770 pages.

Contents

1.   Risk Management 
2.   Compliance and Standards
3.   Culture and Participation
4.   Technical Information
5
.   Hazard Identification
6.   Operating Procedures
7.   Training and Competence
8.   Prestartup Reviews
9.   Asset Integrity
10. Management of Change
11. Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis 
12. Emergency Management
13. Audits and Assessments
14. Consequence Analysis
15. Frequency Analysis 
16. Reliability, Availailability and Maintainability
17. Managing a Risk and Reliability Program
18. Project Management
19. Contractors
20. The Risk Management Professional

      Citations

Please visit the Elsevier page for ordering information and to learn about ebook and single chapter versions.
 

Book: Plant Design and Operations

Book: Plant Design and Operations Plant Design and Operations is an "8 a.m. on Monday morning" practical guide for those working in the process industries. It is scheduled for release in October 2014.
The book has 17 chapters and approximately 350 pages.

Contents

1. Operations
2. Maintenance and Inspection
3. Energy Control Procedures
4. Occupational Safety
5. Chemicals
6. Personal Protective Equipment
7. Health and Industrial Hygiene
8. Human Factors and Ergonomics
9. Firefighting
10. Safety in Design
11. Siting and Layout
12. Equipment
13. Piping and Valves
14. Safety Instrumentation
15. Transportation
16. Security
17. Common Hazards

Further information is provided here (Table of Contents in pdf format).

Please visit the Elsevier page for ordering information and to learn about the ebook and single chapter versions.

Book: Offshore Safety Management (2nd Edition)

Book: Offshore Safety Management The 2nd edition off Offshore Safety Management provides a comprehensive description of how safety can be managed in the offshore oil and gas industries. It also provides extensive detail on Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS), API's RP 75 Safety and Environmental Program (SEMP) and Safety Cases.

The book has 9 chapters and 352 pages.

Contents

1. Risk Management
2. Major Offshore Events
3. Safety Offshore
4. Regulations and StandardsEngineering Standards
5. Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)
6. Contractors
7. Implementing SEMS
8. Safety Cases
9. Formal Safety Analysis

Further information is available here.

Please visit the Elsevier page for ordering information and to learn about ebook and single chapter versions.   
 


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