Welcome to Sutton Technical Books. We provide books, ebooks, videos, assessment checklists and safety moments for managers, engineers and executives in the process and energy industries — covering chemicals, oil refining, offshore oil and gas and pipelines. Our goal is to provide practical information that will help you design and operate facilities that are safe, efficient and in compliance with rules and regulations.
Much of the material fits within the broad category of Process Safety Management. An overview article on that topic is available here.
In April 2018 we will be releasing a test version (Rev. 1.0) of our Operational Excellence Assessment system. The system provides hundreds of questions that allow you to assess (as distinct from audit) the quality of your operational and safety management systems. All that you need to make the system work is a current version of Microsoft Excel.
The system is organized using the following categories (‘17. Operational Readiness’ is highlighted because that is the workbook that is included in this test release.):
If you would like to review Revision 1.0 please follow this link. You will receive:
To learn about the background to this system please review our 22 minute video Introduction to Operational Excellence Assessments. You can also download the product User Guide.
For many of the topics that we cover we publish modules or packages that include:
To learn more please visit our videos page.
|Principles of Process Safety Management||This article outlines the principles of process safety management (PSM). It lists the management elements and shows how a PSM program can be organized and implemented.||Read More|
|Contractors in the Process Industries||
Contractors play a vital and increasingly important role in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of process and energy facilities, as can be seen from the chart shown below. It can b
|Fault Tree Analysis||
Risk can be analyzed in one of two basic ways: inductively or deductively, that is either bottom-up or top-down. In a deductive analysis a system failure is postulated.
|Hard Times for Culture Change||
Culture Change Process Industries. There has been much discussion in recent years as to how to develop new and improved cultures within the process industries.
|History of Safety Management in the Process Industries||
History Safety Management: we have published a 30 minute
|Pig Launching and Retrieving||Pipeline pigs (also known as 'scrapers' and 'tools') are widely used to clean piping, to provide a buffer between two liquids and to inspect the integrity of the line (using 'smart pigs'). Whatever…||Read More|
|Safety Manual Process Industries||
The Safety Manual
Safety Manual Process Industries.
|Lowest Level of Risk (BSEE)||
Overview (BSEE Risk)
As part of its Well Control Rule BSEE appears to have made a major change in the manner in which offshore risk is to be managed. Section 250.107(a)(3) states,