Protection Under Pressure: Understanding HIPPS

“Everybody handles pressure differently.”  Gerry Cooney High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS) are a type of Safety Instrumented System (SIS) used as an alternative to or in conjunction with pressure relief systems.  HIPPS were added to the Standards as an alternative to pressure relief valves in August of 1996 after many safety professionals realized that [...]

By | 2017-08-03T15:10:00+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Process Safety, Safety Lifecycle|1 Comment

Safety Lifecycle: Process Safety Information

“Great design is a multi-layered relationship between human life and its environment.” Naoto Fukasawa Generally speaking, in order to grasp a concept that is multifaceted, I’ve found that it’s easier to start big and then work my way down into the nitty gritty details. In my last post, we were exposed to a general overview [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:31:34+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Process Safety, Safety Lifecycle|2 Comments

Operating Procedures – We Need Them

Every part of an organization is dependent on documented procedures to mitigate risk and improve productivity and performance. – Deborah Kenny At Bluefield Process Safety, I have had a chance to work on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for multiple organizations. I have worked with some organizations that either lack SOPs for some or most tasks, [...]

Safety Lifecycle: The Foundation

“Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value.”  Erika Oppenheimer Recently, I’ve been asked by quite a few clients to walk them through the steps of the safety lifecycle to ensure they aren’t missing anything in their safety program.  Trying to go through each step and explain its purpose over the phone, [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:38:30+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Process Safety Management, Safety Lifecycle|0 Comments