Expertise of the Process Improvement Institute

Our consultants and instructors are internationally recognized experts in risk assessments, risk management systems, PSM, and loss prevention. They are among the very best in the field because they combine complete theoretical understanding of their topic with the experience that is necessary to discriminate between something that works only in theory and something that works in practice.

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Our instructors have trained over 10,000 in PSM-related topics, including over 4500 investigators, 5000+ PHA leaders, 3500 PSM experts and auditors, 1000 procedure writers, and many others on other topics.

Our personnel have led over 600 PHAs (qualitative risk assessments or HAZOPs; most of these were of entire units), over 240 major investigations, and over 70 major PSM and risk based process safety (RBPS) audits. They have developed and implemented effective MOC programs, procedure writing protocols, and hazard review (risk assessment) methodologies. They are among the most experienced PSM experts and instructors in the world. They have served as chair or co-chair of 11 major international conferences on PSM and have authored or co-authored over 40 articles/papers on PSM topics and were co-authors of the following definitive textbooks for AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS):

  • Guidelines for Safe Automation of Chemical Processes, Second Edition, CCPS/AIChE, 2013 [pending] (Mr. Bridges is a committee member)
  • Guidelines for Enabling Events and Conditional Modifiers, CCPS/AIChE, 2013 [pending] (Mr. Bridges is a committee member; this will be an essential supplement to the original LOPA book which was co-authored by Mr. Bridges)
  • Guidelines for Independent Protection Layers and Initiating Events, CCPS/AIChE, 2013 [pending] (Mr. Bridges is the main author; this will be an essential supplement to the original LOPA book which was co-authored by Mr. Bridges)
  • Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures, CCPS/AIChE, 2008 (3rd Edition) (this is the definitive text on performing PHAs; Mr. Bridges and Mrs. Tew were contributing authors)
  • Essential Practices for Managing Reactive Chemicals Hazards, CCPS/AIChE, 2003 (Mr. Norsworthy was a committee member and contributor)
  • Guidelines for Investigating Chemical Process Incidents, 2003 (2nd Edition) (this is the definitive textbook on investigation; Mr. Bridges was an author)
  • Guidelines for Analyzing and Managing the Security Vulnerabilities of Fixed Chemical Site, CCPS/AIChE, 2002 (Mr. Norsworthy was a committee member and contributor)
  • Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA), CCPS/AIChE, 2001 (Mr. Bridges was a primary author; this is the definitive text on semi-quantitative risk assessment)
  • Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures, CCPS/AIChE, 1991 (2nd Edition) (this is the definitive text on performing PHAs; Mr. Bridges was a contributing author)

And, they have co-authored 6 related standards for the US Department of Energy, as well as authoring or co-authoring the definitive papers on:

  • How to address human error/factors during PHAs (and HAZOPs)
  • How to analyze procedure steps for hazards/risks of performing steps incorrectly
  • How to make your PHAs comply with US OSHA’s PSM requirements
  • What are the Costs/Benefits of PSM compliance
  • How to get Near Misses Reported and Investigated
  • How to write effective operating and maintenance procedures
  • How to develop trouble-shooting guides from HAZOP tables
  • How to implement an effective LOPA program
  • How to perform incident investigations and root cause analyses

A full résumé of each expert is available upon request; and we can provide you with a long list of references (your peers) that use us and can attest to the value of our services.

PII has provided services and training to the following organizations …

AECOM
Aerojet
Air Products
AMCDE (Saudi Arabia)
American Electric Power (AEP), USA
Apollo Group
ARAMCO
ASSE-MEC
AVANTOR
BAPCO (Bahrain)
Bostik
BP, USA
Bristol-Myers-Squibb
BUTEMAC (Syria)
China Light & Power, Hong Kong
ConocoPhillips
Cook Composites and Polymers
Covidien-Mallinkrodt
Danieli (Italy)
Delek Refining
Dixie Chemicals
DuPont
EarthTech
Egypt Basic Industry Corporation (EBIC)
Elementis
Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)
Enogex
Equate (Kuwait)
Fluor-Kayan
General Electric
Georgia-Pacific
GTI, Tampico, Mexico
Gulf Petrochemical and Chemical Association (GPCA)
Gulf Petrochemicals Industry Corporation (GPIC)
HADEED (Saudi Arabia)
Heritage-WTI
Ineos
IPSL (Trinidad)
Irving Oil
J. Ray McDermott, Dubai, UAE
Johns Manville
Johnson & Johnson
Kennecott – Rio Tinto
KordSA
Kureha
LANL (US DOE site)
Marafiq (Saudi Arabia)
MOL Pakistan
NOVA Chemical
NALCO
NEXEN (Yemen)
NGC – Trinidad
NuStar
OGE
Parker, USA
PETRONAS
PETRORABIGH (Saudi Arabia)
Pfizer
Phoenix Park Liquefied Gas Ltd, Trinidad
Pictsweet, USA
ROCHE
S.W.I.F.T., USA
SABIC (nearly all affiliates; Saudi Arabia)
SAHARA (Saudi Arabia)
SIPCHEM (Saudi Arabia)
Selmet
Shaw Group
State Lands Commission – California
SUMCO
Sun Chemical
Superior Wells Services
Swiss Re, Zurich, Switzerland
Titan (Malaysia)
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
TORAY Plastics
US Department of Energy (DOE)
US DOE (LLNL)
US DOD
US NASA
Voescht-Alpine (Austria)
Washington Savannah River Comp (US DOE Site)

… and many others