Topics Introduction


Good management is the key to safe, efficient and clean design and operations. In this section we provide material that can help you develop and implement effective management principles. These principles are explained in depth in the book Process Risk and Reliability Management .


Safety is the top priority in all facilities. In this section we discuss safety practices such as the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) and the interpretation of safety regulations.


The analysis and management of risk is fundamental to much of the material we provide. For example, in addition to following rules and guidance to do with equipment inspection, programs such as Risk Based Inspection (RBI) can help ensure that the best inspection results are achieved at the least cost.

Once more the book Process Risk and Reliability Management provides detailed guidance and information on this topic.


We publish a wide range of materials on the equipment and instrumentation used in the process industries. Detailed information is provided in the book Plant Design and Operations.


Many of our articles and videos are to do with the safe and efficient operation, maintenance and inspection of equipment and facilities. Once more, information and guidance is provided in Plant Design and Operations.


The materials that we provide are oriented toward the process industries, i.e., those industries that handle chemicals and flammable materials, often at high temperatures and pressures. Although the different process industries have much in common they each their own unique features. So we publish material oriented specifically toward the following:

  • Chemical and petrochemical plants
  • Oil refineries
  • Pipelines
  • Offshore oil and gas

Prestartup (Safety) Reviews

The purpose of a PreStartup Review (PSR) is to ensure that initial start-ups, or start-ups following major project work, proceed safely and smoothly. Alternative names for the same activity are PreStartup Safety Review (PSSR) and Operational Readiness Review. As with most process safety activities a PSR will generally be performed by a small team made up of representatives from operations,…

Contractors in the Process Industries

We offer three YouTube videos to do with the management of contractors at process and energy facilities. The total running time is about 30 minutes. The material in the videos is taken from Chapter 19 of the book Process Risk and Reliability Management.

Contractors and Operators Contractors - Regulations and Standards Contractors - Management

Event Tree Analysis

​This seven minute video describes the topic of Event Tree Analysis (ETA); It is an example of inductive analysis. The video uses the same logical and mathematical techniques as Fault Tree Analysis. However, whereas a fault tree analyzes how an undesirable top event may occur, an event tree considers the impact of the failure of a particular component or item in the system, and works out the…