All About Process Safety

Our Editors Tackle Process Safety Resources

By Control Global Staff

Get answers to tough safety systems questions for vendors, such as how do you justify one month of lab-testing as "good enough"? What does the fine print in your TÜV report really say? Does your TÜV certification actually mean I'll hit my production targets? What's the downside to an embedded "one solution fits all"? Why do hackers love DCS-embedded safety systems so much? What exactly makes your instrumentation so "intelligent" and supposedly safer? Do you allow risk-free, cost-free, easy-to-use online modifications? If your system is so simple, why do I need to hire your maintenance guys? You say you do critical applications, but why should I believe you? The webcast is free, but registration is required. The direct link is at

Martech Media offers a wide range of online courses in industrial safety, including fire protection, lockout/tagout, hazmat safety, environmental awareness, spill prevention, chlorine and radiation awareness, hazardous gases and decontamination. The complete catalog is available at
Martech Media

Process plant safety systems can either be centralized, distributed, or a combination of both. Each approach has its advantages and challenges, with selection of the best option dependent on a variety of factors. This article examines various safety system architectures, and will show process plant users how to pick the best solution to fit their specific needs. The direct link is at

This white paper compares flame-proof/explosion-proof enclosures (Ex d) and intrinsically safe electrical apparatus (Ex i). Costs, installation practices, inspection and maintenance requirements, and best practices are covered. The paper is free, but login is required. The direct link to the paper is at

These two one-hour courses are available for a small fee. "Overpressure Safety Systems" covers such subjects as the causes of overpressure, pressure relief valve design and use, safety valve design and use, rupture disk design and use, and flare design and use. "Safety Alarm System and Instrumentation covers alarm and shutdown systems and equipment protection devices. For links to the course descriptions and registration instructions, go to

System Safety for the 21st Century by Richard A. Stephans (John Wiley & Sons) is designed as a textbook, planning guide and reference. It is meant for safety professionals, including people in industrial and occupational safety, system safety, environmental safety, industrial hygiene, health, occupational medicine, fire protection, reliability, maintainability and quality assurance; engineers, especially design engineers and architects; managers and planners; and students and faculty in safety, engineering and management studies. It covers fundamentals, program planning and management, analytical aids, risk assessment, safety analysis techniques, failure modes and effects analysis, process safety and more. The book is also available online at the Wiley website. The direct link is at
Wiley Publishing

One reason to use flameproof enclosures (Ex d) is the amount of energy which could not be provided via intrinsic safety (Ex i). This problem has been solved with the introduction of intrinsically safe, dynamic methods of arc prevention, such as DART or Power-i. When using intrinsic safety, installation, maintenance and inspection costs can be reduced. This white paper is written for decision makers and professionals responsible for automation systems in hazardous areas, and it requires a good understanding of the principles of explosion protection. The direct link is at

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