Lees' Loss Prevention in the Process Industries: Hazard Identification, Assessment and Control


Lees’ is industry’s first stop for process safety information.

Lees’ 4e is the comprehensive and scaleable source of professional industrial process safety and loss prevention information. Available in print and electronic formats, and online with additional new tools and an annual update schedule, Lees’ provides users with the information they require to ensure process safety.

Volume 1 covers legislation, ...

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Lees’ is industry’s first stop for process safety information.

Lees’ 4e is the comprehensive and scaleable source of professional industrial process safety and loss prevention information. Available in print and electronic formats, and online with additional new tools and an annual update schedule, Lees’ provides users with the information they require to ensure process safety.

Volume 1 covers legislation, engineering and design:
Key topics include law; major hazard control; economics and insurance; reliability engineering; hazard identification; hazard assessment; process design; pressure system design; control system design; emission and dispersion; and fire.

Volume 2 covers operation and practical safety:
Key topics include explosion, toxic release, plant operation, storage, transport, emergency planning, personal safety, accident research, reactive chemicals, safety instrumented systems, and chemical security.

Volume 3 contains the case histories and data, including ACMH model license conditions; HSE guidelines’ public planning inquiries; standards and codes; process safety management (PSM) regulations in the United States; risk management program regulations

• THE process safety encyclopedia, trusted worldwide for over 30 years
• Now available in print and online, to aid searchability and portability
• Over 3600 print pages cover the full scope of process safety and loss prevention, compiling theory, practice, standards, legislation, case studies and lessons learned, in one resource as opposed to multiple sources

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. SamMannan 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. 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 fiel

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Reviews of this edition:

"...a comprehensive treatment of all, and I mean all, aspects of plant safety, which this review is all too short to do justice to it." - Gary Bennett, Journal of Hazardous Materials

"For 24 years the best way of finding information on any aspect of process safety has been to start by looking in Lees."- Trevor Kletz 2005

"...the most comprehensive treatise on process safety and loss prevention available" - Stanley S. Grossel, President Process Safety & Design, Inc.

Reviews of previous edition:

'Professor Lees has covered what seems to be virtually every aspect of process engineering and the loss prevention aspects therein' - PROCESS ENGINEERING

' This is the most comprehensive safety guide seen by C&I, from a process engineering stand point'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123971890
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 8/17/2012
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 3776
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 6.90 (d)

Meet the Author

M. Sam Mannan, PhD, PE, CSP, is a chemical engineering professor and director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University. He is an internationally recognized expert on process safety and risk assessment. His research interests include hazard assessment and risk analysis, flammable and toxic gas cloud dispersion modeling, inherently safer design, reactive chemicals and run¬away reactions, aerosols, and abnormal situation management.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Hazard, Incident and Loss; Legislation and Law; Major Hazard Control; Economics and Insurance; Management and Management Systems; Reliability Engineering; Hazard Identification; Hazard Assessment; Plant Location and Layout; Process Design; Pressure System Design; Control System Design; Human Factors and Human Error; Emission and Dispersion; Fire; Explosion; Toxic Release; Plant Commissioning and Inspection; Plant Operation; Equipment Maintenance and Modification; Storage; Transport; Emergency Planning; Personal Safety; Accident Research; Information Feedback; Safety Management Systems; Computer Aids; Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems; Incident Investigation; Inherently Safer Design; Reactive Chemicals; Safety Instrumented Systems; Chemical Security; Safety Culture; Metrics and Performance Measurement; Benchmarking; Engineering for Sustainable Development; Liquefied Natural Gas; Appx; Case Histories; Flixborough; Seveso; Mexico City; Bhopal; Pasadena; Canvey Reports; Rijnmond Report; Laboratories; Pilot Plants; Safety, Health and the Environment; Noise; Safety Factors for Simple Relief Systems; Failure and Event Data; Earthquakes; San Carlos de la Rapita; ACDS Transport Hazards Report; Offshore Process Safety; Piper Alpha; Nuclear Energy; Three Mile Island; Chernobyl; Rasmussen Report; ACMH Model Licence Conditions; HSE Guidelines on developments near Major Hazards; Public Planning Inquiries; Standards and Codes; Institutional Publications; Information Sources; Units and Unit Conversions; Process Safety Management (PSM) Regulation in the United States; Risk Management Program Regulation in the United States; Incident Databases; Katrina and Rita; BP Texas City; Buncefield; Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster; References; Loss Prevention Bulletin; Acronyms; Index; Computer Codes Index

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