Do Government Pipeline Regulations Improve Safety?

Do Government Pipeline Regulations Improve Safety?

This guest blog post is part of a series written by Edward J. Farmer, PE, author of the new ISA book Detecting Leaks in Pipelines. To download a free excerpt from Detecting Leaks in Pipelines, click here. If you would like more information on how to purchase the book,...
Top 5 Upfront Project Considerations for Effective Risk Management

Top 5 Upfront Project Considerations for Effective Risk Management

This post was written by Diane Trentini, vice president of marketing and sales for COMET Informatics LLC. Diane serves on the board of directors for the Control System Integrators Association.   When a system integrator finds a new opportunity to provide services—a...
How Much Risk Can Safety Alarms Reduce?

How Much Risk Can Safety Alarms Reduce?

This post was written by Charles Fialkowski, CFSE, a safety systems specialist for Siemens; Luis Garcia, CFSE, senior process safety consultant for Siemens and chair of ISA’s tank farm committee for the ISA84 Safety and Security Group; and Nicholas P. Sands,...
Using Smart Field Devices to Improve Safety System Performance

Using Smart Field Devices to Improve Safety System Performance

This is an excerpt from the January/February 2014 issue of InTech magazine by Guillermo Pacanins, P.E., a certified TÜV Rheinland functional safety expert. To read the full article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. Any process plant that handles...
Understanding Safety Life Cycles

Understanding Safety Life Cycles

This is an excerpt from the January/February 2013 InTech by Kristen Barbour. To read the full article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. The international standard IEC/EN 61508 has been widely accepted as the basis for the specification, design, and...

Are users reaping the benefits of partial stroke valve testing?

This guest post is authored by Paul Gruhn, global process safety consultant with Rockwell Automation, ISA author and a recognized authority on ISA 84. Achieving Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 2 with non-redundant field devices is possible, but not always easy. The key...

Alarm Floods and Their Connection to Plant Incidents

This is an abstract that will be presented at ISA Automation Week 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Click HERE for information on ISA Automation Week 2012. This session is in the Safety/Environmental Performance Track: Safety Systems: Solving Today’s Toughest...
Improve Reliability with Essential Asset Monitoring

Improve Reliability with Essential Asset Monitoring

This is an excerpt from the May/June 2012 issue of InTech magazine and written by Nikki Bishop of Emerson. Selecting the right asset monitoring strategy is a balancing act between implementation cost and expected reliability. Reactive maintenance represents the most...
Understanding ISA-84 and Functional Safety in the Process Sector

Understanding ISA-84 and Functional Safety in the Process Sector

This is an excerpt from InTech magazine and was written by William Johnson, Richard R. Dunn, and Victor J. Maggioli. Functional safety within the process sector has always been a priority. As the process sector moved into the computer age, new issues arose as...

2012 AIChE Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety

In case you missed it, the 2012 AIChE Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety is being held this coming week (April 1-4, 2012) in Houston, TX.  There is some great content being presented: Event Keynote: MICHAEL J. DOLAN Senior Vice President,...

ISA12 Hazloc Standards Members Gather for Intensive Week of Meetings

Veteran and novice ISA12 (Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Locations) Members will gather in Orlando, Florida March 12-16 to cover topics such as intrinsic and increased safety, encapsulation, gas detectors, fiber optics, and installation, maintenance, and repair....

ISA12’s Production Level Elevated following Meetings

The ISA12 Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Locations meetings in Cape Cod last month culminated in more than five draft standards out for ballot (covering areas such as gas detectors, nonincendive equipment, and instrument purging). On November 1st, ISA submitted 35...

ISA12 Members Maintain a High Activity Level at October Meetings

More than forty ISA12 (Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Locations) Members will gather in Cape Cod, Massachusetts October 3-7 to cover topics such as intrinsic safety, gas detectors, instrument purging, and fiber optics.  ISA12 covers the work of 40 standards,...
Control Valves in Process Safety Applications

Control Valves in Process Safety Applications

This article originally appeared on Jim Cahill’s “Emerson Process Experts” blog and is reposted here with permission. Jim is the Chief Blogger, Surface Dweller, and Head of Social Media for Emerson Process Management. His 20+ year career at Fisher...

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