Chemical plant safety, environmental protection, sustainability, government regulations


Sustainability, energy efficiency, green chemistry

U.S. government agencies, regulations and laws

As in other fields, use of the acronyms in parentheses below tends to identify you as someone who knows about these important matters

Non-U.S. regulations

With global commerce, companies often must also follow laws and regulations established by non-U.S. governments and organizations. For example:

  • REACH “REACH is a new European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances.”

Non-governmental safety codes and standards

Often recognized in governmental regulations

Pollution control and environmental protection

Design for Safety

Operate for Safety

HAZOP (HAZard and OPerability) and Risk Assessment studies  

Software, training, consulting and facilitation are available commercially and can be found on-line. Simulators such as HYSYS, particularly in the dynamics mode (varying with time), can be quite useful in determining the influence of deviations from specified flow rates, compositions, temperatures, pressures, etc. They can also be used to test the effectiveness of control systems to automatically compensate for these deviations without relying on the intervention of a human operator.

Reactor safety

Fires, explosions, chemical reaction hazards, toxicity

  • CAMEO Chemicals Web Portal : Searchable database for over 6,000 chemicals provides physical properties, health hazards, information about air and water hazards, and recommendations for firefighting, first aid, and spill response.
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS): On reserve in library (604.7 M425);       Internet resources;
  • Fires:
  • Explosions:
  • Chemical reaction hazards
  • Chemical toxicity


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