July 2012

Special Report: 90 Years of Progress in the HPI

A portrait of process safety: From its start to present day

The driving force for process safety has been primarily based on catastrophic events.

Mannan, M. S., Chowdhury, A. Y., Reyes-Valdes, O. J., Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University System

By looking at the history of process safety and the improvements that each decade has brought in terms of regulations and techniques, industry can invariably make itself safer. Determining how major incidents such as Bhopal, Flixborough, Chernobyl, Piper Alpha and others have influenced the industry, academia, government and subsequent regulations can offer a firm foundation for future endeavors. There is still research needed in the near future to further cement the foundation, and researchers and process safety experts need to pay attention to what incidents of this millennium are telling us about what is still needed in order to make process safety second nature. Background The 19th cen

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