Lees' Loss Prevention in the Process Industries

Lees' Loss Prevention in the Process Industries

Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control

3rd Edition - December 27, 2004

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  • Author: Frank Lees
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080489339

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Over the last three decades the process industries have grown very rapidly, with corresponding increases in the quantities of hazardous materials in process, storage or transport. Plants have become larger and are often situated in or close to densely populated areas. Increased hazard of loss of life or property is continually highlighted with incidents such as Flixborough, Bhopal, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, the Phillips 66 incident, and Piper Alpha to name but a few. The field of Loss Prevention is, and continues to, be of supreme importance to countless companies, municipalities and governments around the world, because of the trend for processing plants to become larger and often be situated in or close to densely populated areas, thus increasing the hazard of loss of life or property. This book is a detailed guidebook to defending against these, and many other, hazards. It could without exaggeration be referred to as the "bible" for the process industries. This is THE standard reference work for chemical and process engineering safety professionals. For years, it has been the most complete collection of information on the theory, practice, design elements, equipment, regulations and laws covering the field of process safety. An entire library of alternative books (and cross-referencing systems) would be needed to replace or improve upon it, but everything of importance to safety professionals, engineers and managers can be found in this all-encompassing reference instead. Frank Lees' world renowned work has been fully revised and expanded by a team of leading chemical and process engineers working under the guidance of one of the world’s chief experts in this field. Sam Mannan is professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M University, and heads the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M. He received his MS and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and joined the chemical engineering department at Texas A&M University as a professor in 1997. He has over 20 years of experience as an engineer, working both in industry and academia. New detail is added to chapters on fire safety, engineering, explosion hazards, analysis and suppression, and new appendices feature more recent disasters. The many thousands of references have been updated along with standards and codes of practice issued by authorities in the US, UK/Europe and internationally. In addition to all this, more regulatory relevance and case studies have been included in this edition. Written in a clear and concise style, Loss Prevention in the Process Industries covers traditional areas of personal safety as well as the more technological aspects and thus provides balanced and in-depth coverage of the whole field of safety and loss prevention.

Key Features

* A must-have standard reference for chemical and process engineering safety professionals

* The most complete collection of information on the theory, practice, design elements, equipment and laws that pertain to process safety

* Only single work to provide everything; principles, practice, codes, standards, data and references needed by those practicing in the field


Safety Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Process Engineers, Safety Managers, Plant Engineers, Plant Managers

Table of Contents

  • CONTENTS INCLUDE: Introduction; Hazard accident and loss; Legislation and law; Major hazard control; Economics and insurance; Management systems; Reliability engineering; Hazard identification and safety audit; Hazard assessment; Plant siting and layout; Process design; Pressure system design; Control system design; Human factors in process control; Emission and dispersion; Fire; Explosion; Toxic release; Plant commissioning and inspection; Plant operation; Plant maintenance and modification; Storage; Transport; Emergency planning; Personal safety; Accident research; Information feedback; Safety systems; Computer aids; Artificial intelligence and expert systems; APPENDICES - Case histories; Flixborough; Seveso; Mexico City; Bhopal; Pasadena; Canvey Reports; Rijnmond Report;Laboratories; Pilot plants; Pollution; Noise; Safety factors for simple relief systems; Failure and event data; Earthquakes; San Carlos de la Rapita; ACDS Transport Hazards Report; Offshore; Piper Alpha; Nuclear energy; Three Mile Island; Chernobyl; Rasmussen Report; ACMH Licence Model Conditions; HSE Guidelines on Developments Near Major Hazards; Public enquiries; Standards and Codes; Institutional publications; Information sources; Units and unit conversions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 3680
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2004
  • Published: December 27, 2004
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080489339

About the Author

Frank Lees

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Loughborough, UK

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