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Weekly Blog

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

The Newness of Safety

We are starting a new blog series entitled “Industrial Safety in an Age of Limits”. The first post in this series — The Newness of Safety — makes the following points

1. In our industrial world safety is seen as a value. However this perception developed only in the early 19th century as the Industrial Revolution was gaining traction. Safety is not a goal that has always been sought after — it is a cultural artifact.

2. Safety became economically viable at that time.

3. As we enter an Age of Limits there is a possibility that safety will cease to hold the high priority that it does now. This is the challenge that industry professionals need to ready for.

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Blinds in Process Piping

Blinds in Process PipingBlinds—also known as blanks or spades—provide positive isolation between sections of a process. Guidance is provided to do with the location, installation, and use of blinds.

Prevention of Line Pluggage

Prevention of Line PluggageProcess lines, piping and valves frequently become plugged. Various techniques for avoiding the formation of pluggage and for removing pluggages safely are discussed in this section.

If line pluggage is a recurring problem it is best to try and identify ways in which the problem can be prevented from occurring. If that solution is not possible then valves, drains, tees and connections should be designed so that it is possible to remove the pluggage safely and with minimum time and expense.

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.


1.   Risk Management 
2.   Compliance and Standards
3.   Culture and Participation
4.   Technical Information
.   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


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 OperationsPlant 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.


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 ManagementThe 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.


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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