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September 1, 2012
It was clear at the recent Chemical Sector Security Summit (Baltimore, Md., July 31-Aug. 1) that awareness of and activity in security for the chemical process industries (CPI) are growing. The annual summit, now in its sixth year, was held at its largest venue ever and brought together about 650 participants from industry, academia and the government to network with other security professionals, share...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/Chemical-Plant-Security-Gating-more-than-the-perimeter_9655.html
September 1, 2012
This article is the first in a two-part series, in which the types of process vacuum equipment (steam ejector systems and mechanical vacuum pumps) are discussed.1 Emphasis is given on how they are constructed and operate, and how to design associated parts of the systems (such as foundations, suction piping, discharge piping, and so on), to ensure safe operation. Many unit operations — including...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Vacuum-Systems-Recommendations-For-Safe-Operation_9685.html
September 1, 2012
The LE-217 explosion-proof halogen flashlight is designed for hazardous locations. Its polypropylene body and Tufflex lens are resistant to breakage and water. The...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/protective_equipment/This-waterproof-flashlight-is-for-hazardous-areas_9694.html
August 30, 2012
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies (Saint Maurice, France; http://www.veoliawaterst.com) has been awarded the supply of a large-scale evaporation and crystallization plant by Iberpotash, S.A., a business unit of ICL Fertilizers. Iberpotash produces potash fertilizers from sylvinite mining from deposits located near Suria, in the Barcelona province of Spain. The plant, to be completed in 2014, will...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Technology-from-Veolia-Water-Solutions-is-selected-for-potash-and-salt-recovery-in-Spain_9711.html
August 8, 2012
A seven-member investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) is deploying to the scene of an explosion and fire that occurred Monday, August 6, at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/CSB-deploys-to-fire-and-explosion-at-Chevron-refinery_9598.html
August 1, 2012
Achema 2012 — the 30th International Exhibition Congress on Chemical Engineering, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology that occurred in late June in Frankfurt am Main, Germany — took a decidedly forward-looking stance, focusing on a set of topics that the chemical process industries (CPI) will have to address in the future, including increased attention on sustainable processes and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Achema-2012-takes-a-forward-view_9516.html
August 1, 2012
Five new types of Lewabrane membrane-separation elements for reverse osmosis (RO) are now available. As of July, high-rejection (HR) types with membrane surface areas of 370 and 440 ft2, and high-flow (HF) types, with membrane surface areas of 370, 400 and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/water_treatment_and_supply/New-RO-membranes-with-high-salt-rejection_9544.html
July 26, 2012
As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to American energy, the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE; Washington, D.C.; www.energy.gov) announced today the selection of eight projects to advance the development of transformational oxy-combustion technologies capable of high-efficiency, low-cost carbon dioxide capture from coal-fired power plants. The DOE’s $7 million investment —...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/greenhouse_gases_and_climate_change/DOE-announces-awards-to-advance-clean-coal-projects_9581.html
July 11, 2012
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) has released a new safety video that examines the concept of inherent safety and its application across industry; “Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction” stems from the August 28, 2008, explosion that killed two workers and injured eight others at the Bayer CropScience chemical plant in Institute, W. Va. As a result of ongoing concern...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/CSB-releases-new-video-on-inherently-safe-design-and-technology_9501.html
July 5, 2012
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) has announced a public hearing to support its continued analysis of effective safety-performance indicators and to release preliminary findings into the agency’s investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The CSB’s two-day hearing on July 23-24, 2012, in Houston, Texas, will feature presentations and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/CSB-to-hold-a-public-hearing-on-the-Macondo-blowout-and-explosion-in-Gulf-of-Mexico_9487.html
July 1, 2012
In designing and sizing relief-device and effluent-handling systems, one commonly overlooked aspect of the performance is examining the potential for low temperatures that can cause the components of the system to reach temperatures below their respective, minimum-design metal temperatures (MDMT), which may result in brittle fracture with subsequent loss of containment. This article points out limitations...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/overpressure_and_runaways/Overpressure-Protection-Consider-Low-Temperature-Effects-in-Design_9460.html
July 1, 2012
After a serious accident at a chemical plant, petroleum refinery or other freestanding industrial facility, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) may immediately initiate an investigation, often getting “in the air” while the emergency is still unfolding. The CSB team will consist of skilled accident investigators who are often accompanied by independent experts noted for their...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Working-with-the-CSB-After-a-Major-Accident_9462.html
June 1, 2012
Circa 1978, Reese and I visited a petrochemical plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. Primarily, our job was to inspect trays that had been installed in three columns. Each of those columns was about 10 ft in diameter and 100 ft tall. Our first mistake: We tried inspecting all three columns on the same day. By the time we got to the third column we were physically drained. Nevertheless, with shaky legs and arms...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/A-very-confined-space_9396.html
June 1, 2012
U.S. House approves cybersecurity bill to ease information sharing Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a measure that would ease information sharing among chemical firms and other companies with facilities that are vulnerable to cyberattacks. The bill has been met with much controversy: President Obama has threatened a veto...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/Newsbriefs-for-June-2012_9370.html
June 1, 2012
An explosion is defined as “a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner,” and is usually accompanied by high temperature generation and gas release. Flammable gases, vapors, dusts and ambient oxygen — all present in chemical processing facilities — can react to cause an explosion that essentially creates a shock wave. As a result of modern production...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/dust_explosions/Explosions-Are-You-Prepared_9364.html
May 23, 2012
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) has deployed a four-person investigation team to El Dorado, Ark. to determine the cause of an explosion and fire that severely burned and killed three workers. The accident occurred Monday, May 21, 2012, mid-afternoon on an oil-tank site operated by Long Brothers Oil Co. on land the company leased near El Dorado, in the southernmost part of the state...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/CSB-deploys-team-to-investigate-fatal-hot-work-explosion_9374.html
May 1, 2012
Adsorption and absorption play a big role in reducing air pollution in many applications around the world. Studies show that the largest single use of absorbers this year will be to capture SO2 from power-plant flue gas. Adsorbers will be used by many chemical process industries (CPI) to capture volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and odors. A small, but fast growing industrial segment uses ozone and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/air_pollution_control/Adsorption-and-Absorption_9251.html
May 1, 2012
Reducing freshwater consumption and wastewater discharge at large petroleum-refining and chemical-production facilities can lower costs, while allowing plants to expand production capacities without having to secure additional freshwater resources and without having to enlarge their wastewater treatment plants. The key approaches to saving significant amounts of water are: improved water management...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/water_treatment_and_supply/Water-saving-strategies-for-the-CPI_9277.html
May 1, 2012
Control and automation in the chemical process industries (CPI) have evolved by leaps and bounds over the past century, bringing along a host of benefits. As a result, today’s state-of-the-art facilities are more in line with business objectives, less prone to unplanned shutdowns and better able to manage process safety. However, these improvements come hand-in-hand with a relatively new challenge...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/Is-your-control-system-vulnerable-to-an-attack_9267.html
April 1, 2012
This company has added long-range fire detection and fire risk-assessment capabilities to certain models of its EyeSec line of high-performance, uncooled thermal cameras. With this integrated option, the company claims to be the only camera manufacturer...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/A-video-camera-that-detects-fires-and-fire-risks_9199.html
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