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    Techniques for managing risk associated with dust explosions continue to evolve. The most important trend is the use of a formal process hazard analysis (PHA) to identify hazards and ways to reduce and/or eliminate them. The most recent trend is the use of a formal process hazard analysis (PHA) to identify hazards and ways to reduce and / or eliminate them. PHAs use structured brainstorming technique to pinpoint weaknesses in the design and operation of facilities that could lead to accidents; most PHAs include evaluations of the risks associated with the hazards identified.
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    In conjunction with the production of a new film entitled BLEVE update, the NFPA sponsored a series of six BLEVE tests using 1.893 m3 propane tanks.
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    This guidance applies to reactive systems subject to process- and fire-induced runaway reactions, tanks that store reactive materials, and two-phase flow of reactive materials.
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    A safe workplace requires that everyone in the facility pay attention to both process and occupational safety. A strong safety program recognizes that safety culture and attitude, i.e., operational discipline and safe work practices, are essential for minimizing risk and maximizing potential. Developing a sound process safety culture, i.e., an ongoing process that requires persistence and hard work, is the key for success. This poster illustrates key performance indicators (KPI) intended to identify process safety culture weaknesses, and to provide guidance and criteria to ensure a sound process safety culture implementation.
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    The handling, use, processing and storage of hazardous materials will always present risk. The goal of process safety management is to consistently reduce risk to a level that can be tolerated by all concerned
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    Be aware of the changes on the new requirements of API 752 Third Edition, which was revised to address specific OSHA concerns during refinery NEP inspections. This presentation focuses on a review of facility siting problems, OSHA requirements, RAGAGEP's for facility siting, the approach needed to meet the current analysis requirements, and recommendations.
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    In 1990, the U.S. fire service responded to over 200,000 hazardous materials incidents. During the 1980's, many fire departments began developing hazardous materials response capabilities.
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    Explosion protection, process hazard analysis, dust collector bins, bonding and grounding, fugitive dust, lack of isolation, ductwork and other issues are frequently cited by OSHA for noncompliance.
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    In process safety, the problem is always about the potential for catastrophic releases of highly hazardous chemicals with direct or indirect results to: Property damage, personnel injury/death, environmental impact, operation interruption and financial losses.
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    We describe herein our recent work for the DOE, Office of Transportation Technologies, in which we evaluated several methods of hydrogen storage from the perspective of fuel cell powered vehicles.
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    This study of the water-contamination reactions of ethylene oxide was conducted by Arthur D. Little, Inc. with funding from, and under the auspices of, the Ethylene Oxide Industry Council, part of the American Chemistry Council.
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    A series of large-scale field trials to better understand the issues with silane storage and use were conducted under the direction of CGA and Air Products at EMRTC in New Mexico.
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    Model based scale-up has application to all areas of process simulation: Relief system design, process optimization, and chemical reactivity hazard evaluation.
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    There is considerable interest in means for predicting reactivity hazard potential from chemical structure. Such means are intended to provide measures of the likelihood that a given chemical composition can undergo rapid self-reaction,
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    Pharma/BioPharma cGMP, including both small and large molecule Pharma processes can leverage their cGMP program for implementation of PSM, as there is a very close correlation between the 13 of 14 OSHA PSM elements and the FDA cGMP requirements (i.e. Employee Participation, Process Safety Information, Process Hazard Analysis, Operating Procedures, Training, Contractors, Pre-start up Safety Review, Mechanical Integrity, Hot Work Permit, Management of Change, Incident Investigations, Emergency Planning and Response and Compliance Audits).
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