August 2003

Plant Safety/Standards

Understand basic engineering codes

Here’s an overview of the nature, use and limitations of US industrial standards

Cooper, H., John Zink Co. LLC

Process safety and risk management programs, safety audits and similar activities are being increasingly used in the US within the industrial sector, and are leading to a safer workplace. The incidence of workplace injuries and illnesses in the goods-producing sector of private industry has dropped each year, from 9.9/100 full-time workers in 1997 to 7.9 in 2001.1 The benefits these programs bring are possibly even more significant considering industry's increasingly severe processing conditions (temperatures, pressures, corrosivity) and increasingly complex operations of new facilities, and the aging of existing ones.

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