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April 1, 2007
    Get a grip on slippery objects with these chemical-resistant gloves AlphaTEC gloves (photo) are said to be the first chemical-resistant gloves to incorporate Ansill Grip Technology. Designed as a liquid-proof product requiring less force to grip oily or wet objects, the AlphaTEC gloves have been tested at the production sites of 25 major industrial companies throughout Europe. The gloves...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Focus-on-Health-Safety-and-Environmental-Tools_3155.html
March 1, 2007
  The preparation of a unit for restart requires complex and systematic approach. A plant restart project is traditionally composed of four steps: 1. A detailed unit-status evaluation 2. Preparation for onsite work 3. Major onsite work, which involves significant expenses for personnel, supply, equipment renting and contractors 4. Restart of the plant, which focuses on bringing the unit online. Upon...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Unit-Restarts-Where-to-Begin_3132.html
March 1, 2007
    Occupational dangers in the chemical process industries (CPI) are many, with falls, respiratory hazards, and explosion risks confronted daily. One hazard, however, causes no pain nor visible scars. Its effects accumulate with each overexposure and can go unnoticed, often for decades. If statistics are any indication, it is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury at the...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/protective_equipment/Hearing-Protection-For-CPI-Workers_3120.html
March 1, 2007
  After nearly a decade of preparation and debate, the European Commission's REACH legislation - a system for the registration, evaluation, authorization and restriction of chemicals - was adopted by the Parliament last December, and enters into force on June 1, 2007. Chemical producers, rather than government authorities, will be legally obligated to conduct and communicate assessments regarding the...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/regulatory/EU-Chemicals-legislation-extends-its-REACH_3320.html
January 1, 2007
    Chemicals, plastics, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural chemicals, coal and bio-chemical industries have a wide array of processes where the raw materials, intermediates and products are in particulate form. Hazards associated with particulate solids are unique, and in most cases depend on the particle size. The purpose of this paper is to present a systematic framework for designing...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/dust_explosions/Design-Safer-Solids-Processing-Plants_3118.html
January 1, 2007
    Security is on everyone’s mind. Heightened awareness and concerns have affected the way we live and the way we work. Those of us who are part of the chemical process industries (CPI) and have a great respect for the materials we work with, are well aware of the importance in safeguarding against potential threats. Indeed, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS; Washington, D.C....
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/Securing-chemical-Process-facilities_3313.html
December 1, 2006
DNV Software (Oslo, Norway; edlinks.che.com/6519-533) and The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys (Lake Forest, Calif.; edlinks.che.com/6519-534) have developed a link between the former’s Phastfx flammable-effects-software module and the latter’s...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Plant-safety-software_3047.html
December 1, 2006
    Even with the best process design, the unexpected can happen. Anticipating this, rupture disks are often installed as the last line of defense against the over-pressurization of equipment used for the manufacture, transport and storage of many types of chemicals, petrochemicals, medicines, plastics, powders, food and beverages. When handled and installed properly, rupture disks are a safe and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/overpressure_and_runaways/Troubleshooting-Field-Failures-of-Rupture-Disks_2790.html
December 1, 2006
    Accidents do happen. While not everything can be predicted, addressing safety concerns throughout the design of a process can help to prevent accidents from occurring. Designing with safety in mind can also help to minimize potentially serious consequences that would result if an accident did occur. On April 12, 2004, toxic allyl alcohol and allyl chloride were released from a reactor at a...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Designing-for-A-Safe-Process_2789.html
December 1, 2006
    Portable and fixed detectors for toxic and flammable gases are offering more choice and better value for the money, say experts, thanks to technology developments and strong market competition. In Europe, competition triggered by consolidation in the last five years has propelled the market out of the doldrums of the last couple of decades, according to a recent report from market consultancy...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/safety_instrumentation/More-For-Your-Money_3087.html
November 1, 2006
Last month, the American Chemical Society (ACS) celebrated its 19th annual National Chemistry Week, a community-based program that aims to communicate how chemistry benefits quality of life. The initiative goes hand-in-hand with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC’s) “essential2” advertising campaign, launched a little more than a year ago to inform law and policy makers about how...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Engineering-image_3103.html
November 1, 2006
Last month, the American Chemical Society (ACS) celebrated its 19th annual National Chemistry Week, a community-based program that aims to communicate how chemistry benefits quality of life. The initiative goes hand-in-hand with the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC’s) “essentialâ‚‚” advertising campaign, launched a little more than a year ago to inform law and policy makers about...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Engineering-image_3108.html
October 1, 2006
    The need to maintain and increase safety is ever-present in the chemical process industries (CPI), but what exactly constitutes safety equipment? This roundup of products covers a broad range of equipment, from data buses to non-slip footwear, whose main function is to increase plant safety. Not included here are general-purpose equipment, such as temperature sensors, that can be used in...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Safety-Equipment_3084.html
October 1, 2006
A new-type of polymer composite has recently been commercialized by Ceram Polymerik Pty Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia; edlinks.che.com/6517-533) for passive fire-protection applications. Passive fire protection consists of using a material or structure that confines fires, giving people more time to escape while reducing structural damage. The new composite is based on technology that transforms plastics and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Fire-turns-this-polymer-composite-into-a-rigid-protective-barrier_3012.html
September 1, 2006
    The ANSI/ISA-S84.01-1996 standard, which has guided North American users for the past decade in designing safety instrumented systems (SIS) has migrated to a new international standard based on the IEC 61511 and is now known as ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 (IEC 61511 Mod). Over the past few years, global chemical-process-industries (CPI) users have started to adopt this new standard, particularly...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Measurement-Best-Practices-for-Safety-Instrumented-Systems_2806.html
September 1, 2006
Researchers from the Physics of Fluids and Biocolloids group at the University of Granada (Spain; edlinks.che.com/6516-549) are developing a system in which...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Cold-asphalting_3008.html
August 1, 2006
    For many years, the job of a control room operator at a petroleum refinery or chemical plant was seen as relatively simple: Keep the process running and fix it when it breaks. That perception is changing as more operators take on additional responsibilities for improving energy usage and process efficiency while maximizing production. Meanwhile, many companies have reduced the number of...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Prevent-Plant-Upsets_2784.html
May 1, 2006
    Among pilot plants, those in petrochemical or petroleum-refining service pose special risks of fire and/or explosion. The key strategies to minimize those risks are these: properly conducted preconstruction safety reviews; leaktight design and construction; close attention to area electrical classification; well-designed ventilation; well-planned storage; properly conducted maintenance; and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Preventing-Fires-and-Explosions-in-Pilot-Plants_2800.html
May 1, 2006
BroadWare Technologies, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.; edlinks.che.com/5829-548) and Intergraph Corp. (Huntsville, Ala.; edlinks.che.com/5829-549) have created an integrated solution that...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/Chementator-Plant-security_2943.html
April 1, 2006
    Liquids are accumulated and stored in tanks of various shapes and sizes throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). A small number of companies have made the design, fabrication and erection of these vessels their specialty. Initially, however, it is the process engineer who sizes and specifies tanks according to a specific application’s needs. In order to develop a data sheet for...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Understanding-Atmospheric-Storage-Tanks_2791.html
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