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
- Offshore oil and gas
Energy and Process Industries. Most of the information provided in our publications and at this site applies to the process industries overall - it is not industry specific. Procedures for vessel entry, say, are applicable generally. But each industry does have its own special issues and concerns. Therefore it is useful to understand the key features of the various industries and what…
There has been much discussion in recent years as to how to develop new and improved cultures within the process industries. There appears to be an implicit assumption in these discussions that ours is the first generation to wrestle with the problem of creating a new culture. Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed, it can be instructive to examine how previous generations affected…
Lockout / tagout systems are routinely used to protect workers when they are working with or close to hazardous systems. They are typically used in conjunction with the other isolation methods. Once a switch or valve is in the correct position it is locked so that it cannot be moved, and a 'Do Not Operate' tag is attached to it. (Valves are often chained in place, with the lock being used to…
Storage tanks are widely used in the process industries to store liquids that are below their boiling point at atmospheric temperature (some tanks may be insulated and they may have heating or cooling coils to maintain the temperature of the liquid that they are storing). Typically, tanks are either open to the atmosphere or to a system such as a flare or vent header that is at atmospheric…
Many of the publications that we offer are to do with the topic of Process Safety Management (PSM), or with related topics such as the offshore Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) and Safety Cases. An overview of the topic of Process Safety Management is provided here. Much more detail is available in the books Process Risk and Reliability Management and Offshore Safety…