Sutton Technical Books logoWelcome 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.

Latest Releases

Sutton Technical Books for Process Safety ManagementWe are proud to announce the release of the 2nd edition of Plant Design and Operations. This large and comprehensive book provides practical guidance to do with the design, operation and maintenance of facilities in the process and energy industries.

Our most recent module packages are Storage Tanks in the Process and Energy Industries and Operational Readiness/Prestartup Safety Reviews. Each package includes:

  • A video;
  • An ebook (.pdf format);
  • A set of  assessment questions that help you evaluate the status of your program; and
  • A set of test questions.

They are priced at $31.50 each.

History of Process Safety ManagementWe have also released a video: History of Process Safety Management. It describes 11 phases in the development of process safety starting with Safety as a Value (early 19th century) and finishing with Culture (Present). The video concludes with some thoughts as to how safety management may change as we enter the ‘Age of Limits’. It is priced at $9.99.







For many of the topics that we cover we publish modules or packages that include:

  • An ebook;
  • A video;
  • An assessment tool that allows you to assess the status of your the elements of your process safety program; and
  • A test.

To learn more please visit our videos page.

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Latest Information

Process Safety Management PSM 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
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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

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Fault Tree Analysis in the Process Industries 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.

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Culture change in the process industries 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.

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History Safety Management in the Process Industries History of Safety Management in the Process Industries Video

History Safety Management: we have published a 30 minute

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Safety Manual Process Industries Safety Manual Process Industries The Safety Manual

Safety Manual Process Industries.

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Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Risk 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,

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