J. Loss Prev. Process Ind. Vol. Printed
and Safety Promotion
in the Process Industries
Edited by J. J. Mewis, H. J. Pasman and E. E. De Rademaeker Elsevier Science, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1504 1995.
This two-volume book contains 123 papers presented at the 8th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries, held on 6-9 June, 1995 in Antwerp, Belgium. This Proceedings book presents many excellent papers reflecting both the status of and increased research .in loss prevention. The papers cover both technical aspects and process management topics. Both volumes arrange the papers in four main theme sections: Safety, Management Systems, Human Reliability; Hazards Research; Methods for Safe Design, Prevention and Protection; and Risk Assessment, including Consequence Models. The papers reflect a very international flavor with authors from Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the U.S., and Asia. There are so many interesting and informative papers that it is impossible to cite all of them. However, I will mention several from each theme section that I found of greatest interest to me. From Theme 1 the following are cited: Process Safety of Polymer Resin Manufacturing: A 20 Year Perspective; About Handling and Storage of Liquefied Gases and Volatile Liquids. Safety Aspects; Principles and Practices for Design of Process Safety Monitoring and Auditing Proand Inflammable/ grammes; Toxic Explosive Chemicals-a Swedish Man-
(in two volumes), DJ? 575.00 (US$338.25),
ual for Risk Assessment. I found the following papers from Theme 2 of great interest: Safety of Chlorination Reactions; Validation of Mathematical Models Using Wind-Tunnel Data Sets for Dense Gas Dispersion in the Presence of Obstacles; Hot Stuffing Boxes-Ignition Source for Fire and Explosion?; Recent Developments in the Assessment of Electrostatic Hazards Associated with Powder Handling; Dust Explosion Venting: Experiments and Numerical Modeling; Explosion Protection of Small Mills; Emergency Cooling and Inhibiting Agents for Preventing Chemical Runaway Reactions; Evaporation from Pools Caused by Industrial Accidents. A Comparison Between Existing Prediction Models and Investigations in a Meteorological Wind Tunnel; Self-Heating of Filters of Activated Carbon; Comparison of Runaway Criteria for Batch Reactors with Experimental Sensitivity Data. Among the papers from Theme 3, the following were also of interest to me: The Safe Handling of Exothermic Reactions and the Safe Discharge from Pressure-Relief Devices; The Influence of Non-Equilibrium Vapour Generation on Transient Level Swell During Pressure Relief of. Liquefied Gases; Design of Centrifugal Separators for Emergency Vent Line Systems; Extended Design Practice for Explosion Suppression Sys-
terns; The Key Parameter Values for a Safe Reactor Design; Design of Pressure Relief Valves for Supercritical Fluid Service; Comparison of Three Protective Devices for BLEVE Prevention; Heat Transfer in Liquid Curtains Mitigating Pollutant Releases. Theme 4 contained the following interesting papers: Reducing theRisk from Major Toxic Gas Hazards; Computer-Aided Operability Study for Batch Plants; Focused Risk Management for Chlorine Installations; STOPHAZ Support Tools for Process Hazard and Operability Studies; Safety Analysis of Critical Semibatch Processes by Dynamic Simulation; Computer-Aided HAZOP with Knowledge-Based Identification of Hazardous Event Chains. The above short list of papers that I found of interest shows the scope and breadth of process safety and loss prevention topics that were presented. With the many developments now occurring in process safety and loss prevention it is very difficult to stay abreast of progress in this field. These Proceedings volumes will be of great assistance to both researchers and practitioners in industry to bring themselves up to speed on the latest information available. Stanley S. Grossel Process Safety & Design Inc., Clifton, NJ, USA